National Academy of Medicine

The Future of Health Services Research: Advancing Health Systems Research and Practice in the United States

          |  A Special Publication from the National Academy of Medicine 

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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 and the quality and cost of health care.” Since the 1960s, health services research has provided the foundation for progress, effectiveness, and value in health care. Ironically, at a time in which appreciation has never been higher for both the need and potential from health services research, the political and financial support for sustenance and growth appear to be weakening.

With funding support from AcademyHealth, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Board of Family Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of American Medical Colleges, Federation of American Hospitals, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this National Academy of Medicine special publication identifies the range of issues that health services research must consider, address, and potentially overcome to transform the field to meet the needs of a 21st-century health care system. These issues are broad, multidisciplinary, and will require a coordinated effort to address – as well as dedicated and sustainable funding. Federal support for health services research has never been more critical. Now is a critical time for the field to articulate its priorities, demonstrate its utility, and transform to meet the needs of a 21st-century health care system. The physical and financial health of the nation is at stake.

Workshop Planning Committee

Andrew Bindman, University of California, San Francisco
Carolyn Clancy, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Ellie Dehoney, Research!America
Adaeze Enekwechi, McDermott+Consulting
Lee Fleisher, University of Pennsylvania
Sherry Glied, New York University
Atul Grover, Association of American Medical Colleges
Sandra R. Hernandez, California Health Care Foundation
Charles N. Kahn III, Federation of American Hospitals
Gopal Khanna, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Suzanne Miyamoto, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Robert Phillips, American Board of Family Medicine
Alonzo Plough, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Joe V. Selby, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth

Related Meetings

Special Publication Webinar  |  January 24, 2019

Building the Evidence Base for Improving Health Care: Contributions, Opportunities, and Priorities  |  February 26-27, 2018


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