A new agenda to guide Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) has been developed through a process involving many stakeholders. This agenda is designed to guide public health practice and policy but also to adapt to future public health dynamics.
PHSSR is a field of study that “examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services within communities, and the impact of these services on public health.” PHSSR can encompass study of both public and private entities; public health “services” can include programs, direct services, policies, laws, and regulations. Although the field has been around since 1920, PHSSR significantly evolved during the 1990s, a time of “ferment” in public health.
The resulting agenda is designed to guide research to provide critical, timely information but the authors note the agenda cannot be regarded as a “static document.” It must be dynamic and responsive to changing demands in public health, as well as to drivers such as new technologies, the economy and other forces not yet seen.