Skip Navigation Bar

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Finding and Retrieving HSR: Tools and Databases

NICHSR coordinates the development of information products and services related to health services research.



Accessing HSR Literature at NLM - The selection and acquisition of HSR published and grey literature is ongoing. It is coordinated jointly through the NLM National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), and Technical Services Division

  • Journal citations are available through NLM's PubMed
  • Books, book chapters, technical reports, transcripts, papers, interviews and  conference papers are available through LocatorPlus

Information on the database Health STAR (which ceased in 2000) is available.


Health Services Research (HSR) Filters

These specialized HSR search  filters are intended for researchers, clinicians, health policy analysts and planners. The filters will assist in searching PubMed for: Appropriateness, Process assessment, Outcomes assessment, Costs, Economics, Qualitative research, or Quality Improvement.  Searches can be further limited to a broad (sensitive) or narrow (specific) search. Other available filters include:


Identifying and Archiving Grey Literature in HSR

Grey Literature is material that is not published through regular book-publishing channels, is not subject to formal bibliographic control and can be difficult to identify and obtain.  This summary report discusses the concept of Grey Literature and its importance to Health Services Research.



HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress)

Continuously in operation since 1995 and containing over 15,000 active reports, HSRProj is a database of citations to research-in-progress funded by federal, state, private organizations, and foundation grants and contracts.  It is built upon a database developed in 1990 by staff of the AcademyHealth (formerly the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy) and the Cecil Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.  It provides access to information about research-in-progress before results are available in published form.  An HSRProj Fact Sheet is available.


Health Services/Sciences Research Resources (HSRR)

HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets and instruments/indices. Users may examine and compare characteristics of some of the resources employed in Health Services Research, and the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed. It also includes URLs of providers for additional information or access to the resources.


HSTAT (Health Services/Technology Assessment Texts)

A free full-text electronic resource for health care decision making, HSTAT became available in 1994. HSTAT includes Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) evidence documents, technical reviews and guidance and research on methods, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement protocols, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guides and evidence syntheses, and Clinical Practice Guidelines Consensus Reports. An HSTAT Fact Sheet is available.