Public Health Systems and Services Research

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.

Key Findings:

  • 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.

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