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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 4: Search the Literature of HSR: Databases (Page 8 of 29)
Section 1: Health Services Research Databases and Information Resources

HSRProj - Health Services Research Projects in Progress

To find current research projects on the topic of research projects, use the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database. HSRProj covers the ongoing grants and contracts in health services research. It is available from: .

It is available through the National Library of Medicine Gateway under the Other Collections category near the bottom of the page. Additional information is accessible through NICHSR's Database and Retrieval Services (also listed in the Enrichment Section of this module).

Snapshot of the HSRProj search engine. Click to go to the HSRProj site.

HSRProj builds upon a prototype database developed by the staff of AcademyHealth (formerly Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy) and the Cecil B. Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

It contains descriptions of research in progress funded by federal and private grants and contracts for use by policy makers, managers, clinicians, and other decision makers. Data are solicited from public and private foundations and funding agencies so that researchers can locate potential collaborators and identify organizations interested in sponsoring such research.

Snapshot of one result of a searchUsers can search the database to retrieve names of performing and sponsoring agencies, names and addresses of principal investigators, beginning and ending years for the project, levels of funding, information about study design, and research methodology, including population and source of the project data.

A Quick Search Summary for HSRProj is available from the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy.

Here is a link to a sample record using the simple search term 'access' (indicated in red in the body of this record):

Improving specialty care delivery in chronic skin diseases

Investigator:  Armstrong, April
Investigator Phone:  (303) 724-6867
Email Address:
Performing Organization: University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology
Award Type:  Grant
Funding: Total Award Amount: $2,087,815.49
Award Information:   PCORI: More information and project results (when completed)
Record Source:   PCORI/IHS-1403-12419
Supporting Agency:   Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Supporting Agency URL:
Initial Year:  2015
Final Year:  2017 ID:   NCT02358135
Background: Chronic skin diseases are associated with significant physical impairments and markedly decreased quality of life. In the U.S., many patients with chronic skin diseases lack regular access to dermatologic care, especially among those living in underserved or remote areas. Consequently, these patients experience worse clinical outcomes and reduced quality of life. Traditional teledermatology intended to increase access has not achieved wide adoption. Real-world challenges in traditional consultative asynchronous settings include a lack of collaboration and informed communication among patients, primary care providers (PCPs), and dermatologists. Key limitations with traditional consultative teledermatology include patients' lack of direct contact with specialists and insufficient support for PCPs by specialists. Objectives: We propose to evaluate an innovative, online specialty care delivery model to increase access to dermatologists and improve patient outcomes. This online specialty care model provides patients and primary care providers direct and asynchronous online access to dermatologists for management of chronic skin diseases. This specialty care model fosters team care and patient engagement through active sharing of management plans and multidirectional, informed communication among patients, primary care providers, and specialists. The primary goal of the proposed research is to evaluate the effectiveness of this online specialty care on severity of chronic skin diseases, depression, quality of life, and access to specialty care. Methods: We propose to conduct a pragmatic trial to compare the impact of the online specialty care model with usual in-person care. We will enroll patients with chronic skin diseases from Colorado and California. In addition to recruiting patients from the general population, we will place a specific emphasis on recruiting patients with chronic skin diseases living in rural and underserved communities. We will analyze these patient-centered outcomes to identify potential differences in the trend over time between the two models. To evaluate the utility of the online specialty care model from patients' and clinicians' perspective, we will conduct key informant interviews and apply qualitative research methods. Anticipated impact: This proposal will significantly advance PCORI's mission in improving health care delivery and outcomes, especially in specialty care delivery. The proposed study will rigorously examine the effect of an online specialty care model for managing patients with chronic skin diseases. This innovative, online specialty care model has important applications in many other medical and surgical specialties, where a team-based and technology-enabled model is necessary to significantly improve patient-centered outcomes.
Mesh Terms:
  • California
  • Chronic Disease
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Colorado
  • Depression / therapy
  • Dermatology / methods
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Life
  • Rural Population
  • Skin Diseases /* therapy
  • Telemedicine /* methods
  • United States
Country:   United States
State:   Colorado
Zip Code:  80045
UI:  HSRP20152251
Project Status:   Ongoing


Let's look for studies on Medicaid managed care plans in the HSRProj database.

  1. What concepts do you want to search?
  2. What terms (textwords) would you look for?
  3. What strategy do you recommend?

Take a moment or two to go to HSRProj and try out this or a search of your choice. Close the HSRProj window to return to this page.

Remember: You can access HSRProj at no cost directly.

Discussion Questions

  1. Several reasons why researchers and librarians may wish to examine research efforts undertaken by others are listed above. Can you think of any other reasons? What information is given in the records that can be of use in general - in helping you think through/conceptualizing an online search?
  2. Can you contact the PI? What value might contacting the PI have with a difficult search?
  3. How many other ways can you search for information on the HSRProj Web site? What other information is provided?
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