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HSR Information Central is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.


Lists of words and their definitions focused on a specific topic.

  • CMS Glossary - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    This searchable glossary explains terms found on the Web site.

  • HTA 101: Glossary - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    This glossary is an appendix to the e-text HTA101. It lists and defines terms used in the field of health technology assessment.

  • Quality/Equality Glossary - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    A glossary of key terms in the fields of health care quality, disparities reduction and quality improvement.


  • A Guide To Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) on The Web - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS)  Details

    SAMHSA provides this Web Guide to assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. The Web Guide provides a list of Web sites that contain information about specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings. The Web Guide can be used by stakeholders throughout the behavioral health field to promote awareness of current intervention research and to increase the implementation and availability of EBPs.

  • Antimicrobial stewardship: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population - (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE))  Details

    This guideline covers making people aware of how to correctly use antimicrobial medicines (including antibiotics) and the dangers associated with their overuse and misuse. It also includes measures to prevent and control infection that can stop people needing antimicrobials or spreading infection to others.

  • Chartbook on Healthy Living - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The Healthy Living chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living.

  • Essentials for Childhood - Policy Guide (2016) - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  Details

    This resource presents an overview of the state health department's role in informing policy and lays out several policy options for states and other partners to consider when working to create the context for healthy children and families.

  • Guideline Summaries - (Guideline Central USA)  Details

    Provides free access to summaries of current clinical practice guidelines.

  • Health Services Research Doctoral Core Competencies - (BioMed Central)  Details

    This manuscript, by Dr . Christopher Forrest and colleagues, presents an initial description of doctoral level core competencies for health services research (HSR). The competencies are described in broad terms which reflect the unique expertise, interests, and preferred learning methods of academic HSR programs. The paper discusses the important learning objectives and methods for HSR training, and clarifies the unique skills of HSR graduates.

  • Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    Health Services/Technology Assessment Text is a searchable collection of large, full-text practice guidelines (including the Guide to Community Preventive Services), technology assessments and health information.

  • PubMed Health - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    - PubMed Health is a consumer health Web site produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PubMed Health provides up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research, in particular that research which evaluates the available evidence of the benefits and harms of different treatment options for different groups of people.

  • Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide - (Public Health Foundation (PHF))  Details

    With a contribution from the National Library of Medicine, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) developed a Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide for public health practitioners, which was launched online in August 2010. The QI Quick Guide addresses a need identified by public health practitioners for assistance in determining which resources to use as they pursue QI initiatives.

  • TalkingQuality.Gov - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    TalkingQuality is a comprehensive resource and guide for organizations that produce and disseminate reports to consumers on the quality of care provided by health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health plans, medical groups, nursing homes) and individual physicians.

  • e-Source: Behavioral and Social Science Research - (Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH)  Details

    20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.

HSR Core Library Recommendations

  • Core Health Policy Library Recommendations, 2011 images/pdf.gif icon - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    This list focuses on core (essential/indispensible) health policy materials-books (print and e-books), journals (print and online), bibliographic databases, and select electronic resources such as alerts, blogs, newsletters, and Websites.

  • Health Outcomes Core Library Recommendations, 2011 - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    An introduction answers the questions - What are health outcomes? and Why are they important? Lists of core journals, books, databases, and Websites are recommended for a basic library collection in health outcomes.

  • Health Services Research Methodology Core Library Recommendations, 2007 - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    The scope of methods employed by health services researchers is very wide. HSR methods encompass a variety of study frameworks, designs, and analytic techniques. These include a spectrum of methods, from understanding of various epistemological perspectives on research, to study designs including focus groups and randomized controlled trials, to specific analytic techniques such as longitudinal data analysis. These lists of core and desired books, journals, bibliographic databases, web sites, and other media in the field of health services research methods are intended to serve as guides for librarians and recent health services researchers.

  • Key Resources in Health Economics (2003) images/pdf.gif icon - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  Details

    Links to a PDF core list of materials (books, journals, websites and bibliographic databases) and a desired list of books and journals in the field of health economics. The lists are primarily geared to individuals who are new to the field or unfamiliar with the various resources on health economics and need to acquire and/or access publications, databases, and websites in the health economics domain.

Journal Article Databases

  • Database of HSR&D Citations - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    Updated monthly, this searchable database contains citations from journals, meetings, conferences, and reports that are credited to VA HSR&D researchers.

  • ISPOR Scientific Presentations Database - (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) USA)  Details

    Electronic database of research papers presented at ISPOR Annual International Meetings, ISPOR Annual European Congresses, ISPOR Asia-Pacific Conferences, and ISPOR Latin America Conferences from 1998 to date.

  • LocatorPlus - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    Search for books, journals and audiovisuals in the NLM collections.

  • Population Health Search Strategy - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and other text words to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.

  • PubMedCentral (PMC) - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    A digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, providing free access to the full text of articles.


  • BMC Health Services Research - (BioMed Central)  Details

    Open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of health services research.

  • BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making - (BioMed Central)  Details

    An open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the design, development, implementation, use, and evaluation of health information technologies and decision-making within the healthcare setting.

  • BMJ Open Quality - (BMJ Group UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Formerly BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, open access, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. Articles covering original research, local, national and international QI projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work are all considered.

  • BMJ Quality & Safety - (BMJ Group UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Leading international peer review journal providing information to improve patient safety and quality of care. It is an essential forum for researchers, clinical professionals and managers as well as experts in organisational development and behaviour. Published by BMJ and formerly called Quality & Safety in Health Care. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Health Affairs - (Project Hope)  Details

    Leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Health Care Financing Review - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Subscription journal of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The HCFR was released from 1979 and 2009 with the goal of presenting information and analyses on a broad range of health care financing and delivery issues to improve the understanding of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs and the U.S. health care system. All articles are fully open access.

  • Health Economics - (Wiley Interscience USA)  Details

    Publishes articles on all aspects of health economics: theoretical contributions, empirical studies and analyses of health policy from the economic perspective. Its scope includes the determinants of health and its definition and valuation, as well as the demand for and supply of health care; planning and market mechanisms; micro-economic evaluation of individual procedures and treatments; and evaluation of the performance of health care systems. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Health Policy and Planning Online - (Oxford University Press UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Health Policy and Planning's aim is to improve the design and implementation of health policies in low- and middle-income countries through providing a forum for publishing high quality research and original ideas for an audience of policy and public health researchers and practitioners. HPP is published 10 times a year. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Health Services Management Research Journal - (Royal Society of Medicine Press (RSM))  Details

    An authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to health-care organizations and systems throughout the world. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Health Services Research (HSR) - (AcademyHealth, Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET))  Details

    A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides researchers and public and private policymakers with the latest research findings, methods, and concepts related to the financing, organization, delivery, evaluation, and outcomes of health services. Published by the Health Research and Educational Trust in cooperation with AcademyHealth. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Inquiry - (Excellus Health Plan, Inc.)  Details

    A JCR-ranked, broad-spectrum, open access journal whose mission is to improve health at both the public health and individual healthcare organization levels by enabling scientists, educators, healthcare practitioners, administrators, managers, and policymakers to translate their research and ideas into actionable outcomes.

  • International Journal for Quality in Health Care - (Oxford University Press UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Publishes papers in all disciplines related to the quality and safety of health care, including health services research, health care evaluation, technology assessment, health economics, utilization review, cost containment, nursing care research, and clinical research. Content may require a subscription.

  • International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care - (Cambridge Journals UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    Serves as a forum for the wide range of health policy makers and professionals interested in the economic, social, ethical, medical and public health implications of health technology. It covers the development, evaluation, diffusion and use of health technology, as well as its impact on the organization and management of health care systems and public health. Articles may require a subscription.

  • Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved - (Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP))  Details

    Focuses exclusively on contemporary health care issues of low-income, under-represented, and other medically underserved communities. JHCPU is the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. May require a subscription to view content.

  • Journal of Health Management - (Sage USA)  Details

    The Journal of Health Management is designed as a forum for exploring major issues of health policy and health management (including population and family welfare) in developing countries with a view to assisting the better implementation of desired changes. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law - (Duke University Press)  Details

    Focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health-past, present, and future. Access to articles may require subscription.

  • Kaiser Health News - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Link to blog, videos, and daily reports. Covers health care policy and politics as well as trends in industry and delivery of care. KHN is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.

  • MMRR - Medicare & Medicaid Research Review - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    Peer-reviewed, online journal published between 2011 and 2014, which reported on current and future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance programs. The journal sought to examine and evaluate health care coverage, quality and access to care for beneficiaries, and payment for health services.

  • Medical Care - (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LLW) USA)  Details

    Official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Medical Care Research and Review - (Sage USA)  Details

    Formerly Medical Care Review, this journal has been a pioneering force in the area of health services research. Carries critical reviews of literature on organizational structure, economics, and the financing of health and medical care systems. Has expanded to reflect the growth of the field and the increasing importance of health services research. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Medical Decision Making - (Sage USA)  Details

    Journal offers rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health policy development. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • RAND Health Quarterly - (RAND Corporation USA)  Details

    This online journal provides research articles related to RAND's priority areas: health policy and health economics; health care delivery, quality, and patient safety; clinical care; global health; mental health; health promotion and disease prevention; public health and emergency preparedness; military health; research methods; and science policy.

  • Social Science and Medicine - (Elsevier)  Details

    Provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of research findings, reviews and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners and policy makers. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • Systematic Reviews - (BioMed Central)  Details

    Systematic Reviews encompasses all aspects of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews. The journal aims to publish high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modeling. The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.

  • The American Journal of Managed Care - (American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) USA)  Details

    An independent, open-access, peer-reviewed, monthly publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other healthcare professionals.

  • The Milbank Quarterly - (Milbank Memorial Fund)  Details

    Features peer-reviewed original research, policy review, and analysis, as well as commentary from academics, clinicians, and policymakers. Articles may require a subscription to view.

  • World Medical & Health Policy - (Berkeley Electronic Press USA)  Details

    World Medical & Health Policy is a subscription-based journal dedicated to the intersection of policy, medicine and public health. The Journal's primary objective is to help improve global health by translating medical knowledge and scientific evidence into the normative function of policy.


  • Rural Health Quarterly--08-JAN-2018 - (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)  Details

    Rural Health Quarterly (RHQ) is a national rural health news magazine published by the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

  • Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog--14-APR-2012 - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  Details

    Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency's long tradition of nonpartisanship is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce each year.

  • News Releases--01-OCT-2010 - (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))  Details

    Ongoing, publicly-available collection of news stories about public health issues facing communities across the nation. News clips are searchable by state or in the following subject areas: budget cuts, County Health Rankings, H1N1, good news and more.

Reports and Other Publications

  • Commonwealth Fund Publications and Data - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    Reports from independent research on health care issues. The publications are written by Commonwealth Fund grantees, staff, and invited expert authors from the health policy community.

  • Drugs and Alcohol: Open Access Sources - (Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU))  Details

    This web portal uses open access initiatives to provide drug abuse prevention, treatment, and policy stakeholders with access to journal articles, monographs, book chapters, conference proceedings, technical manuals, and education and training resources.

  • The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs - (Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI))  Details

    Six foundations have partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to develop this resource for health system leaders, payers, and policy makers who are seeking to learn more about high-need individuals and promising care approaches.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports w/in Reports and Other Publications.

  • Boards of Trustees for Medicare Annual Reports - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The Medicare Program is the second-largest social insurance program in the U.S., with 47.5 million beneficiaries and total expenditures of $523 billion in 2010. The Boards of Trustees for Medicare (also Boards) report annually to the Congress on the financial operations and actuarial status of the program.

  • CDC National Health Report 2014 - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)  Details

    The CDC National Health Report offers a snapshot of our nation's health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States. The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health.

  • Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016 (September 2017) - (U.S. Census Bureau U.S.)  Details

    This report presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States based on information collected in the 2017 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Briefs and Case Reports

Briefs and Case Reports within Other Reports and Publications.

  • - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS), National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH)  Details

    provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and older. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas-population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. The 155-page report contains data on 37 key indicators.

  • Disparities Policy - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    A compilation of Kaiser Family Foundation reports and Web links on various aspects of minority health.

  • EPC Evidence Reports - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    AHRQ is developing scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality improvement tools. Contractor institutions review all relevant scientific literature on assigned clinical care topics and produce evidence reports and technology assessments, conduct research on methodologies and the effectiveness of their implementation, and participate in technical assistance activities.

  • FastStats A-Z - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  Details

    The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.

  • Health, United States - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  Details

    Annual report on trends in health statistics. The report consists of a chartbook that illustrates major trends in the health of Americans, and a trend tables section of detailed data tables. Refer to Appendix I for data sources.

  • The Legislative Battle over Health Services Research - (Health Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    This 1992 essay by BH Gray, published in Health Affairs [11, No.4 (1992):38-66], examines the 1989 legislation that created the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ). Political complexities are examined. Additional information is available from

  • NCHS Data Briefs - (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC (NCHS))  Details

    Statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format.

  • PCORI in the Literature - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA)  Details

    This collection of articles and opinion pieces provides insights into PCORI's work to advance patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. The collection includes papers, articles, and commentaries written by researchers working on PCORI-funded projects and by PCORI staff, members of our Board of Governors and Methodology Committee, and others who are following our work.

  • RAND Health Publications - (RAND Corporation USA)  Details

    Research publications from RAND Health including research briefs, reports, Congressional newsletters, and research commentaries.


cancer related other reports/publications.


Reports and publications with an international focus.

  • Communications Handbook for Clinical Trials - (FHI 360, United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS))  Details

    This handbook provides guidance on how to anticipate and respond to the special communication challenges posed by the conduct of clinical research.

  • Health Policy and Systems Research - A Methodology Reader - (World Health Organization (WHO))  Details

    A reader designed for researchers, research users, teachers, and students, particularly those working in low- and middle-income countries, which provides guidance on the defining features of HPSR and the critical steps in conducting research in this field.

  • Health Research Evaluation Frameworks: An International Comparison - (RAND Corporation USA)  Details

    The main part of the report is based upon, and compares, eight international research evaluation frameworks in use: the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) framework; MORIA; PART; the Vinnova; Payback and UK Department of Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) frameworks and the frameworks of the European Union and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.


Reviews of other reports and publications.

  • Evidence Syntheses and Systematic Evidence Reviews - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    This series was formerly known as Systematic Evidence Reviews (SERs). These are comprehensive reviews of the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of particular clinical preventive services.

  • Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Under the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of five-year contracts are awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and financing topics to produce evidence reports and technology assessments. These reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas. The EPCs also conduct research on methodology of systematic reviews.

  • Health Services Researcher of 2020 Summit Series - (AcademyHealth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) USA)  Details

    AcademyHealth conducted an exploratory study to assess the needs of the field as viewed from multiple perspectives. Based on recommendations from this report, AcademyHealth launched a series of high level meetings on the field's infrastructure needs. The Summits covered the topics of workforce, methods and data, and knowledge transfer.

  • PROSPERO - (University of York UNITED KINGDOM)  Details

    PROSPERO consists of over 800 records, giving details of systematic reviews being undertaken in 33 different countries.

  • Research Findings - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    A set of pages which provide information on the results of AHRQ-sponsored research.


State-specific reports under reports and other publications.