Public health services and systems research (PHSSR) is a relatively new discipline with its roots in a 1988 Institute of Medicine report that led to a renaissance in public health. Subsequent entry of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation into the field in 2004 was a “pivotal event in the growth of PHSSR.”
Authors Scutchfield and Shapiro introduce three seminal articles published in the July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. They reinforce the articles’ points as ways to assure continued growth of the field of PHSSR:
- Funding of research makes a huge difference. Without funding there is no research.
- There must be discussion between core and non-core research communities in order to encourage growth of transdisciplinary research.
- Research without action is moot. Evidence-based public health is as important as evidence-based medicine.
The authors characterize PHSSR as moving into adolescence and point to new investments, new data sets and new investigators as indicators of a maturing research discipline.
- 1. The Ongoing Quality Improvement Journey
- 2. A Road Map for Improving the Performance of Performance Measures
- 3. The Trade-Off Among Quality, Quantity, and Cost
- 4. Global Trigger Tool' Shows that Adverse Events in Hospitals May be Ten Times Greater Than Previously Measured
- 5. Preventing Bloodstream Infections
- 6. Measuring the Performance of Individual Physicians by Collecting Data from Multiple Health Plans
- 7. Measuring Health Care Performance Now, Not Tomorrow
- 8. Despite Improved Quality of Care in the Veterans Affairs Health System, Racial Disparity Persists for Important Clinical Outcomes
- 9. The Importance of Transitional Care in Achieving Health Reform
- 10. An Early Status Report on the Beacon Communities' Plans for Transformation Via Health Information Technology
- 11. A Comparative Study of 11 Local Health Department Organizational Networks
- 12. Public Health Performance
- 13. A Self-Assessment Process for Accreditation Preparedness
- 14. Public Health Delivery Systems
- 15. Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems
- 16. Public Health Services and Systems Research
- 17. A Shot in the Rear, Not a Shot in the Dark
- 18. What Predicts Local Public Health Agency Performance Improvement?
- 19. Growth of a Scientific Community of Practice
- 20. Evolution of Coauthorship in Public Health Services and Systems Research
- 21. Resources that May Matter
- 22. Evidence Links Increases in Public Health Spending to Declines in Preventable Deaths
- 23. Public Health Financial Management Competencies
- 24. Decision Science
- 25. Public Health Financial Management Needs
- 26. Data-Driven Management Strategies in Public Health Collaboratives
- 27. Using Geographic Information Systems to Match Local Health Needs with Public Health Services and Programs
- 28. Public Health Systems and Services Research
- 29. Local Public Health Capacities to Address the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
- 30. A Needs Assessment for Data and Methods in Public Health Systems Research
- 31. Mapping the Multidisciplinary Field of Public Health Services and Systems Research
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