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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in collaboration with the Mixed Methods International Research Association

Center for Community-Based Health Promotion with Women and Children
Office of Nursing Research & Scholarship

Are pleased to announce

Patient Engagement in Biomedical and Health Services Research:
A Pragmatic Mixed Methods Approach

A two-day Mixed Methods International Research Association Regional conference focusing on Patient-Centered Mixed Methods Research

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August 3-4, 2015 San Antonio, Texas
Grand Hyatt River Walk
600 E. Market St. San Antonio Texas


Late Breaking news:

  • Dr. John Creswell, author of several mixed methods books, will be presenting a mixed methods study in one of the podium presentation sessions.

  • Dr. Michael Fetters, a co-editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, will in addition to his featured presentation entitled, “Mixed Methods Integration in Primary Care Research" will be available at an Ad Hoc Workshop to discuss “Getting your mixed methods study published: Advice from an editor”.

  • There is potential for selected papers to be submitted to a special issue of the Journal of Research in Nursing. This is an international journal that features articles on patient/community as partners in research.

  • To date we have received abstracts from Scotland, England and South Africa.

  • Reminder that the first 25 accepted student abstracts will receive an award covering the $600 conference registration. And, the first 25 accepted abstracts having a community/patient co-presenter will receive an award covering the $600 conference registration for the community/patient presenter.


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Registration is Now Open -Register here

Payment Method is by credit card only. You are required to pay at the time you register.

Early Fee
until July 19

Late Fee
July 20-Onsite

Full Conference August 3-4, 2015




One Day Fee



There is a growing acceptance of the use of a mixed method approach in health care, health services research, and health profession education in part due to the fact that this these methods can be used to answer complex clinical and health delivery research questions in ways that offer multidimensional insights and provide local solutions. The randomized controlled trial (RTC) has been the gold standard of health and health services research. However, as delineated by PCORI, eliciting the public's experiential knowledge, views, perspectives, and preferences, deemed necessary in today's complex and rapidly adapting health care system, will necessitate the employment of primarily qualitative social science strategies and method. As Creswell notes integrative methodologies are consistent with the worldview of pragmatism, where the focus on the problem is within its social and historical context and multiple relevant forms of data collection are needed to answer today's complex health-related research questions. This conference will bring together diverse scientists from basic, clinical, and social science disciplines and patient representatives of communities experiencing health disparities to address innovative approaches to improve the quality and scientific power of data that can be more rapidly translated into health care practices and health profession education that will address the most critical problem facing public health today, health disparities among populations, age groups, ethnicities, and cultures.