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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 1: What is Health Services Research (HSR)? (Page 10 of 11)

Enrichment Section

This section offers learners additional resources on the core areas of health services research.

What IS Health Services Research?

Additional terms and definitions can be found in the list of glossaries.

Gray BH, Gusmano MK, Collins SR. AHCPR and the changing politics of health services research. Health Aff (Millwood). 2003 Jan-Jun;Suppl Web Exclusives:W3-283-307.
PMID: 14527262 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Describes the exciting history of ACHPR from its its rocky beginning in 1989 through an examination of its budgetary history. Learn what happened in 1995 when the Agency narrowly escapted being eliminated.

Institute of Medicine. Health Services Research: Report of a Study. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1979. [Online] Site URL: http://books.nap.edu/openbook/NI000304/html/33.html
An early report from the Institute of Medicine. Of interest is the description of how health services research incorporates "concepts, theoretical frameworks, data, and methods from the field of medicine and other health professions (nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.), the social and behavioral sciences (social work, business and hospital administration, etc.), industrial engineering, law, biostatistics, demography, and geography."

Lohr, Kathleen N and Donald M Steinwachs. Health Services Research: An Evolving Definition of the Field, Health Serv Res. 2002 February; 37(1): 15–17. [Online] Site URL: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1430351.
Gives a modern definition of "health services research" by the two co-chairs of the ad hoc committee to propose a current definition for the field. The committee was was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR).

NICHSR Home Page
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/.
Visit NICHSR's home page for additional resources on health services research, public health and technology assessment.

Shi, Leiyu. Health Services Research Methods. Albany, N.Y. : Delmar Publishers, c1997. NLM ID: 9605444 [Book]

Health Care Research: Old Wine in New Bottles, by White, Kerr L., M.D. Presented in the University of Virginia's History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series on September 24, 1992. [Online] PDF URL: http://historical.hsl.virginia.edu/kerr/documents/OldWine.pdf.
Dr. White illuminates the field of health services from a long-time-practitioner of the art in this speech.

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