Public health doctoral students are using the Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR) database to complete their dissertations.
In 2006, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Library of Medicine and the University of Kentucky, started building a database for public health researchers. This practice article describes the development of the PHSSR database.
The PHSSR database is a subset of the Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR). The PHSSR database contains over 100 information sources specific to public health, (e.g., financing for and access to public health services). The project identified resources by searching the HSRR and PubMed databases; additional resources came from faculty at schools and colleges of public health and members of the AcademyHealth PHSSR Interest Group.
- Junior faculty and doctoral students have received grants for research using the PHSSR database.
- The Keeneland Conference showcased the work of junior faculty who received grants to conduct research using the PHSSR database.
- A weekly, automated search of PubMed updated the PHSSR database with relevant literature.
This practice article describes the continuing development of the PHSSR database. The PHSSR database will enable evidence-based decision-making in public health.
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