Influence
December 4, 2020

Regenstrief researcher leads in application of configurational comparative methods

Regenstrief Institute research scientist Edward J. Miech, EdD, is playing a key role in facilitating the adoption of Configurational Comparative Methods (CCMs) in the United States. His research and education efforts are making an impact in the area of health services research.

Dr. Miech presented during the invitation-only International QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) Expert Workshop in November 2020. The conference is one of the biggest for this subject. The event hosted its first-ever session on Coincidence Analysis (CNA), a relatively new approach within the larger CCMs family. Dr. Miech was chosen to present one of his papers because of its novel method for using CNA to inform factor selection.

In addition to the presentation, Dr. Miech’s CCMs-related abstract was selected as one of the best nine overall abstracts at the 2020 Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) in Health. The abstract, titled, “Identifying facility-level conditions linked to higher reach: A configurational analysis of obesity treatment options offered by VA medical centers.” The annual D&I Conference is co-hosted by Academy Health and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Miech also facilitated a five-session practicum following a three-day CCMs intensive hosted by Regenstrief Institute in September 2020 and featured international faculty. The five hour-long practicum sessions gave participants from around the U.S. and Canada additional hands-on experience in applying CCMs to health research through working with real datasets.

Dr. Miech also founded and leads a national community of practice called “All Things Configured.” Started in February 2019, this group focuses on the application of CCMs in health services research and currently has more than 70 active members affiliated with diverse organizations and universities across the U.S.

About Regenstrief Institute

Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.

Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.

Edward J. Miech, EdD

In addition to his role as a research scientist at Regenstrief, Edward Miech, EdD, is a core investigator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. He also serves as an implementation scientist with the newly funded VA EXTEND QUERI center based in Indianapolis and is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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