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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Case 5: HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (Page 3 of 38)

Learning Objectives

Case 5 will help you...

  • Develop a better understanding of what health services research is through researching two questions: How well is ADAP meeting the needs of its enrollees if programs are being forced to use cost-containment measures? Is it time to restructure the ADAP initiative?
  • Understand who the important players are in the field and what their interest is in getting answers to questions surrounding enrollee needs and cost-containment effects on enrollees.
  • Develop strategies for retrieving health services research citations from a variety of databases by
    • asking questions that illuminate the research questions
    • creating concepts that help define the questions
    • selecting appropriate bibliographic databases
    • locating specialized vocabulary terms for efficient searching of relevant databases
    • executing searches
  • Evaluate the results of your searches for quality
  • Develop an understanding of current research projects dealing with this and similar topics and how to use the information from related research projects to inform this question
  • Locate appropriate datasets and related information for use in answering your research questions
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