Public Health Services and Systems Research

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.

April Issue of Health Affairs Focuses on Patient Safety and Health Care Quality

  1. 1. The Ongoing Quality Improvement Journey
  2. 2. A Road Map for Improving the Performance of Performance Measures
  3. 3. Global Trigger Tool' Shows that Adverse Events in Hospitals May be Ten Times Greater Than Previously Measured
  4. 4. Preventing Bloodstream Infections
  5. 5. Measuring the Performance of Individual Physicians by Collecting Data from Multiple Health Plans
  6. 6. Measuring Health Care Performance Now, Not Tomorrow
  7. 7. Despite Improved Quality of Care in the Veterans Affairs Health System, Racial Disparity Persists for Important Clinical Outcomes
  8. 8. The Importance of Transitional Care in Achieving Health Reform
  9. 9. An Early Status Report on the Beacon Communities' Plans for Transformation Via Health Information Technology
  10. 10. A Comparative Study of 11 Local Health Department Organizational Networks
  11. 11. Public Health Performance
  12. 12. A Self-Assessment Process for Accreditation Preparedness
  13. 13. Public Health Delivery Systems
  14. 14. Regionalization in Local Public Health Systems
  15. 15. Public Health Services and Systems Research
  16. 16. A Shot in the Rear, Not a Shot in the Dark
  17. 17. What Predicts Local Public Health Agency Performance Improvement?
  18. 18. Growth of a Scientific Community of Practice
  19. 19. Evolution of Coauthorship in Public Health Services and Systems Research
  20. 20. Resources that May Matter
  21. 21. Evidence Links Increases in Public Health Spending to Declines in Preventable Deaths
  22. 22. Public Health Financial Management Competencies
  23. 23. Decision Science
  24. 24. Public Health Financial Management Needs
  25. 25. Data-Driven Management Strategies in Public Health Collaboratives
  26. 26. Using Geographic Information Systems to Match Local Health Needs with Public Health Services and Programs
  27. 27. Public Health Systems and Services Research
  28. 28. Mapping the Multidisciplinary Field of Public Health Services and Systems Research