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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):

Health care access: maternal child and policy factors
Investigator:  Pati, Susmita
Place:  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, CHOP North, Suite 1534, 34th & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Investigator Phone:  (267) 426-5056
Fax:   (215) 590-0426
Email Address:
Performing Organization: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Performing Organization URL:
Phone Number:   (215) 590-1000
Supporting Agency:   National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Supporting Agency URL:
Initial Year:  2005
Final Year:  2010
Grant Support:   K23HD047655-01A1
Award Type:  Grant
Abstract: This career development award supports the growth of the applicant into an independent health services researcher focusing on health care access for medically underserved children and families. The proposed projects in this award will examine predictors of stable health care access among medically underserved populations. The candidate's research plan primarily examines associations between child, maternal, policy-level factors and stability of Medicaid coverage at the national and local level through two linked studies. In the first study the candidate investigates national trends (1997-2001) in various dimensions of health care access (insurance status, coverage gaps, access barriers) by low-income children and families, both welfare-recipients and non-recipients, using nationally representative datasets. In the second study, the candidate conducts a longitudinal cohort study of medically underserved children from Philadelphia to identify child, maternal, and policy predictors of discontinuous Medicaid coverage and they begin to examine links between unstable coverage and child health care utilization and child health. In the future, these projects will lead to examination of the relationship between unstable Medicaid coverage, child health care utilization, and ultimately, child health and developmental outcomes.
Mesh Terms:
  • Child
  • * Child Health Services
  • Cohort Studies
  • * Health Policy
  • * Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Models, Organizational
  • Mothers
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Philadelphia / epidemiology
  • Program Development
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • United States / epidemiology
Country:   United States
State:   Pennsylvania (PA)
Zip Code:  19104
UI:  HSRP20063017
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 or via Gateway under Other Collections and try your search.

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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