Between 1999 and 2000, the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), (now AcademyHealth) Washington, carried out a project designed to strengthen support for health services research—a field that has helped to identify solutions to problems of cost, quality, and access in the health care delivery system.
A consulting group hired by AHSR, Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va. conducted focus groups, telephone interviews, and a national survey. They interviewed consumers, health care purchasers, registered voters and Washington health are opinion leaders.
Among the key findings from the consumer focus groups:
Health care purchasers said the field of health services research must:
A national survey of registered voters found that:
Interviews with Washington health care opinion leaders suggested that more funding for health services research could be gained if the field: