Dec 7, 2011, 2:15 AM
It’s time for RWJF’s annual research poll! David C. Colby, vice president of Research and Evaluation, announced the 20 nominees for RWJF’s Most Influential Research Articles of 2011. We are honored that three Pioneer grantees made the list:
- Positive Health – Heart Health When Life is Satisfying: Evidence from the Whitehall II Cohort Study, published in May’s European Heart Journal, found that satisfaction in four life domains—job, family life, sex life and self—were independently associated with a 12 percent reduced risk of total coronary heart disease. The research supports Positive Health, a new field of inquiry into whether there are assets that help people achieve and maintain good health and recover more quickly when they are sick. Vote for Article 12 or learn more about this project.
- Flu Prediction Market – The Use of Twitter to Track Levels of Disease Activity and Public Concern in the U.S. During the Influenza A H1N1 Pandemic, published in May’s PLoS ONE, followed researchers who used Twitter to effectively track public concerns about H1N1 and follow real-time disease activity. Tweets related to hygiene coincided with public health messages about the outbreak, and there was a distinct association between twitter data and the actual progression of H1N1. Vote for Article 11 and learn more about this project.
- Project ECHO – Outcomes of Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Infection by Primary Care Providers, published in June’s New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that primary care providers can be trained via video communications technology to manage complex chronic conditions formerly outside their expertise, thus expanding their ability to bring better care to more people in their own communities. By putting the best available medical knowledge into the hands of everyday clinical practitioners, Project ECHO exponentially expands the capacity of the health care workforce to provide high-quality care in local communities. Vote for Article 17 or learn more about this project.
Vote for your top 5 Most Influential Research articles of 2011 now and use #Final_5 on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to follow the conversation and let others know which articles you think should make the top five for 2011. Voting ends on midnight of December 23 so act fast! This year’s winners will be announced in the next issue of Evidence Matters to be released in early 2012.