Health Services Research
The Divisionof Health Policy and Management is located in the Twin cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul) in Minnesota, a state noted for innovative organizations and healthcare resources.
What is Health Services Research?
According to AcademyHealth, health services research is “the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations.
“Another way to think about HSR is presented in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s definition, which was published in February 2002. It states that, ‘Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.’”
Visit the National Library of Medicine portal for Health Services Research & Public Health Information Programs.
Go to the NLM’s HSR Information Central for links to the many different types of health services research.