Reading #1: Health Services Research: An Evolving Definition of the Field (Lohr & Steinwachs)

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Health Studies
Caroline Barakat

Health Services Research HSRAn Evolving Definition of the Field Kathleen N Lohr and Donald M Steinwachs Definition of health services research adopted on June 24 2000 2000 currentHealth services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors financing systems organizational structures and process health technologies and personal behaviors affect access to health care the quality and cost of health care and ultimately our health and wellbeing Its research domains are individuals families organizations institutions communities and populations 1966the name health services research was formally recognized through the establishment of a federal government health services research study section to review grant proposals 1969the field gained broader recognition and increase funding with the establishment of the National Center for Health Services Research and Development Early 1970sHSR was described as a field that develops methods for improving access to care moderating the rate of medical care prices and assuring the effectiveness of care 1972HSR seeks to improve
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