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HSR Information Central is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.
This searchable glossary explains terms found on the CMS website.
Glossary of EBM-related terminology.
has many of the common terms used in clinical trials.
This site serves as a glossary of NIH terms.
Glossary of terms relevant to child-related health services research and data collection.
This glossary is intended to serve as a resource for understanding the concepts included in the Affordable Care Act. It provides simple and straightforward definitions of key terms that are part of the health reform law.
A searchable glossary of health insurance-related terms.
Clinician guides from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program.
Repository includes content from academic medical centers (AMCs) as a resource for hospitals and clinicians across the United States. The goal is to identify, summarize, and highlight areas of alignment in clinical practice during the pandemic. Here you will find up to date COVID-19 treatment and management guidance to help clinicians optimize patient care.
The Healthy Living chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living.
Compendium provides an overview of minimum standards for data collection, best practices and guidelines for health care organizations in implementing standardized data collection, training tools and webinars, and articles and books.
This searchable guidelines portal provides summaries of practice guidelines. Free registration is required to access the portal.
This resource presents an overview of the state health department's role in informing policy and lays out several policy options for states and other partners to consider when working to create the context for healthy children and families.
Provides free access to summaries of current clinical practice guidelines.
Consensus documents on key outcomes research methods. ISPOR's role as a scientific educational organization is to assist in the development and dissemination of good practices in health outcomes research
Guidelines developed in collaboration with WHO, which aim to provide vetted ethical principles for health research on humans, especially in low-resource settings.
With a contribution from the National Library of Medicine, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) developed a Quality Improvement (QI) Quick Guide for public health practitioners, which was launched online in August 2010. The QI Quick Guide addresses a need identified by public health practitioners for assistance in determining which resources to use as they pursue QI initiatives.
These health literacy materials meet both the need of adults to enhance their literacy skills as well as their need to navigate the health care system and begin to achieve better health care for themselves and their families.
Designed to help guide the process of creating practical clinical trials, this online wiki-based textbook is designed to assist health services researchers and clinicians in creating an appropriate clinical trial design.
TalkingQuality is a comprehensive resource and guide for organizations that produce and disseminate reports to consumers on the quality of care provided by health care organizations (e.g., hospitals, health plans, medical groups, nursing homes) and individual physicians.
Patient and provider resources, including methodologies, qualitative studies, information on shared decision making, and other resources.
Provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.
20 interactive chapters with authoritative answers to methodological questions on behavioral and social science research. With contributions from a team of international experts, this anthology provides the latest information on addressing emerging challenges in public health.
Lists of journals, books and other resources recommended for a basic library collection in health economics.
Updated monthly, this searchable database contains citations from journals, meetings, conferences, and reports that are credited to VA HSR&D researchers.
Digital Commons Network offers free access to full-text articles and research from international colleges and universities.
Electronic database of research papers presented at ISPOR Annual International Meetings, ISPOR Annual European Congresses, ISPOR Asia-Pacific Conferences, and ISPOR Latin America Conferences from 1998 to date.
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 4379 (and growing) research articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.
Search for books, journals and audiovisuals in the NLM collections.
Journals database for NCBI.
The Population Health Special Query is a PubMed search of relevant MeSH headings and other text words to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.
A digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, providing free access to the full text of articles.
Leading international peer review journal providing information to improve patient safety and quality of care. It is an essential forum for researchers, clinical professionals and managers as well as experts in organisational development and behaviour. Published by BMJ and formerly called Quality & Safety in Health Care.
Leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.
Publishes articles on all aspects of health economics: theoretical contributions, empirical studies and analyses of health policy from the economic perspective. Its scope includes the determinants of health and its definition and valuation, as well as the demand for and supply of health care; planning and market mechanisms; micro-economic evaluation of individual procedures and treatments; and evaluation of the performance of health care systems.
Health Policy and Planning's aim is to improve the design and implementation of health policies in low- and middle-income countries through providing a forum for publishing high quality research and original ideas for an audience of policy and public health researchers and practitioners. HPP is published 10 times a year.
An authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to health-care organizations and systems throughout the world.
A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides researchers and public and private policymakers with the latest research findings, methods, and concepts related to the financing, organization, delivery, evaluation, and outcomes of health services. Published by the Health Research and Educational Trust in cooperation with AcademyHealth.
Publishes papers in all disciplines related to the quality and safety of health care, including health services research, health care evaluation, technology assessment, health economics, utilization review, cost containment, nursing care research, and clinical research.
Serves as a forum for the wide range of health policy makers and professionals interested in the economic, social, ethical, medical and public health implications of health technology. It covers the development, evaluation, diffusion and use of health technology, as well as its impact on the organization and management of health care systems and public health.
Focuses exclusively on contemporary health care issues of low-income, under-represented, and other medically underserved communities. JHCPU is the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
The Journal of Health Management is designed as a forum for exploring major issues of health policy and health management (including population and family welfare) in developing countries with a view to assisting the better implementation of desired changes.
Focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health-past, present, and future. Access to articles may require subscription.
An e-journal that explores the ideas, policies, and decisions shaping health services worldwide.
Official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.
Formerly Medical Care Review, this journal has been a pioneering force in the area of health services research. Carries critical reviews of literature on organizational structure, economics, and the financing of health and medical care systems. Has expanded to reflect the growth of the field and the increasing importance of health services research.
Journal offers rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health policy development.
Provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of research findings, reviews and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners and policy makers.
Continuously published since 1923, The Milbank Quarterly is a multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy. It presents original research, synthesis, policy analysis, and commentary from leading thinkers, policymakers, and practitioners. All articles published between 1997 and the most recent one-year period are available free of charge to all on PubMed Central of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.
World Medical & Health Policy is a subscription-based journal dedicated to the intersection of policy, medicine and public health. The Journal's primary objective is to help improve global health by translating medical knowledge and scientific evidence into the normative function of policy.
Open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of health services research.
An open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the design, development, implementation, use, and evaluation of health information technologies and decision-making within the healthcare setting.
Formerly BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, open access, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. Articles covering original research, local, national and international QI projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work are all considered.
A JCR-ranked, broad-spectrum, open access journal whose mission is to improve health at both the public health and individual healthcare organization levels by enabling scientists, educators, healthcare practitioners, administrators, managers, and policymakers to translate their research and ideas into actionable outcomes.
Link to blog, videos, and daily reports. Covers health care policy and politics as well as trends in industry and delivery of care. KHN is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.
Peer-reviewed, online journal published between 2011 and 2014, which reported on current and future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance programs. The journal sought to examine and evaluate health care coverage, quality and access to care for beneficiaries, and payment for health services.
This online journal provides research articles related to RAND's priority areas: health policy and health economics; health care delivery, quality, and patient safety; clinical care; global health; mental health; health promotion and disease prevention; public health and emergency preparedness; military health; research methods; and science policy.
The journal aims to publish high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modeling. The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.
An independent, open-access, peer-reviewed, monthly publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other healthcare professionals.
eGems an open access, online, peer-reviewed journal from the AHRQ-sponsored EDM Forum, designed to curate a knowledge base of emerging lessons learned in using electronic clinical data for health research and QI.
News produced by the Effective Health Care Program at AHRQ.
Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency's long tradition of nonpartisanship is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce each year.
Training opportunities for use of HSRProj, as well as publications which used the database for research.
HTAI has created a subscription journal, which will allow non-members to access policy papers and news/events.
MEPS Statistical Briefs are easy-to-read, quick graphical summaries of MEPS data very much like MEPS Highlights. These statistical brief are only available on the MEPS website.
Quarterly newsletter containing updates from all QUERI centers as well as citations from recently published articles.
Rural Health Quarterly (RHQ) is a national rural health news magazine published by the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
Sign-up form for alerts on a variety of topics, including health policy, housing finance, education, state and local finance.
Curated resource center of federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs. It also includes targeted resources to help guide complex care programs in adopting new strategies to address COVID-19.
The Culture of Health Action framework is discussed in this monograph. The framework includes four actions areas: making health a shared value; fostering cross-sector collaboration; creating healthier, more equitable communities; and strengthening integration of health services and systems.
Search assembled meta-analyses, literature syntheses, and clinical guidelines from multiple sources to make them accessible via a single search.
This Issue Brief highlights the challenges the healthcare system faces as a result of disparities in care and summarizes initiatives at the national, regional, and local levels.
This report provides a framework to guide local community and healthcare leaders in developing sustainable programs to suit the health needs of their communities.
Reports from independent research on health care issues. The publications are written by Commonwealth Fund grantees, staff, and invited expert authors from the health policy community.
This web portal uses open access initiatives to provide drug abuse prevention, treatment, and policy stakeholders with access to journal articles, monographs, book chapters, conference proceedings, technical manuals, and education and training resources.
This sourcebook has the latest information and data on pressing health care topics. It also includes the names and contact details for top experts in each subject area, along with a comprehensive glossary of health care policy terms.
Peer-reviewed reports and articles on food and nutrition assistance-related research conducted by ERS researchers or funded through ERS.
This report presents the results of a congressionally mandated, independent assessment of federally funded health services research (HSR) and primary care research (PCR) spanning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from FYs 2012 to 2018.
This report focuses less on the critical epidemiologic and infectious disease aspects of the pandemic and instead highlights the information needs of the health care and community organizations engaged in the response. The report is intended to inform decision-making of federal and foundation funders of health services research (HSR), and specifically health care delivery science, to guide rapidly launched investments in responsive research.
View the video of a panel at the June 2010 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, "How Health Services Research Was Used in Health Care Reform."
This page highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
The results of a workshop held in June of 2014 to develop recommendations aiemd at increasing workforce diversity and inclusion in HSR.
Open access issue of Health Services Research updates prior estimates of the size of the workforce (also published in HSR in 2009) and allows us to examine the trends shaping our field, the changing nature of the employment setting and roles of researchers, and the needed competencies for future researchers. It also considers these topics in the U.S. and globally with contributions from Canada and the World Health Organization.
Six foundations have partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to develop this resource for health system leaders, payers, and policy makers who are seeking to learn more about high-need individuals and promising care approaches.
This Topic Collection contains resources that can help medical emergency planners and health care professionals: learn more about managing patients experiencing illness from novel respiratory pathogens; understand infection control principles in healthcare and community settings; and benefit from lessons learned from past outbreaks.
Under the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of five-year contracts are awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on clinical, behavioral, and organization and financing topics to produce evidence reports and technology assessments. These reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas. The EPCs also conduct research on methodology of systematic reviews.
AcademyHealth conducted an exploratory study to assess the needs of the field as viewed from multiple perspectives. Based on recommendations from this report, AcademyHealth launched a series of high level meetings on the field's infrastructure needs. The Summits covered the topics of workforce, methods and data, and knowledge transfer.
PROSPERO consists of over 800 records, giving details of systematic reviews being undertaken in 33 different countries.
A set of pages which provide information on the results of AHRQ-sponsored research.
This handbook provides guidance on how to anticipate and respond to the special communication challenges posed by the conduct of clinical research.
A reader designed for researchers, research users, teachers, and students, particularly those working in low- and middle-income countries, which provides guidance on the defining features of HPSR and the critical steps in conducting research in this field.
This reader defines Health Policy and Systems Research and the steps necessary to conduct research in this field. It also examines research strategies and methods in the area, and provides examples of good quality research papers.
The main part of the report is based upon, and compares, eight international research evaluation frameworks in use: the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) framework; MORIA; PART; the Vinnova; Payback and UK Department of Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) frameworks and the frameworks of the European Union and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.
Program has ended, but site is still archived and searchable. It lists Health Services and Economics Branch (HSEB) publications by different categories, such as cancer treatment and outcomes.
Lists links to cancer control and population sciences web-based reports and resources.
provides an updated, accessible compendium of indicators, drawn from the most reliable official statistics about the well-being of Americans primarily age 65 and older. The indicators are categorized into five broad areas-population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. The 155-page report contains data on 37 key indicators.
A compilation of Kaiser Family Foundation reports and Web links on various aspects of minority health.
AHRQ is developing scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality improvement tools. Contractor institutions review all relevant scientific literature on assigned clinical care topics and produce evidence reports and technology assessments, conduct research on methodologies and the effectiveness of their implementation, and participate in technical assistance activities.
The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
Link to report, press release, and newsletter on multiple chronic conditions.
Annual report on trends in health statistics. The report consists of a chartbook that illustrates major trends in the health of Americans, and a trend tables section of detailed data tables. Refer to Appendix I for data sources.
Statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics in a straightforward format.
This collection of articles and opinion pieces provides insights into PCORI's work to advance patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. The collection includes papers, articles, and commentaries written by researchers working on PCORI-funded projects and by PCORI staff, members of our Board of Governors and Methodology Committee, and others who are following our work.
Link to NCHS publications such as data briefs, reports, etc.
Research publications from RAND Health including research briefs, reports, Congressional newsletters, and research commentaries.
This 1992 essay by BH Gray, published in Health Affairs [11, No.4 (1992):38-66], examines the 1989 legislation that created the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ). Political complexities are examined. Additional information is available from http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/11/4/38.
The (NHIS) Early Release Program provides very timely estimates of key health and health-related indicators.
The report presents the current and projected future financial status of the trust funds. Older reports can be accessed as well by typing in year and report title in the search box on the SSA website.
The Medicare Program is the second-largest social insurance program in the U.S., with 47.5 million beneficiaries and total expenditures of $523 billion in 2010. The Boards of Trustees for Medicare (also Boards) report annually to the Congress on the financial operations and actuarial status of the program.
The CDC National Health Report offers a snapshot of our nation's health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States. The report finds Americans are living longer, healthier lives, but suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health.
The Social Security Act requires that the Board, among other duties, report annually to the Congress on the actuarial (financial) status of the OASI and DI Trust Funds.
This report presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States based on information collected in the 2018 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
An annual report of national physician workforce projections.