Health Services Research
Health Service research is conducted to generate new knowledge and to translate this knowledge into policy and practice. Health services research encompasses many disciplines, all of which investigate the impact of the health care organization, health technologies, financing and management of health care services on the delivery, quality, cost, access to, and outcomes of such services.
Multiple diagnostic and treatment options exist, yet there is a lack of practical information that can guide health care choices for families. Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) can be used to advance health outcomes by expanding and distributing evidence based information to patients, clinicians, and other decision makers relating to the interventions which are extremely valuable and effective for patients under specific circumstances. Specifically, the Center is implementing strategies for CER in four categories: research, human and scientific capital, data infrastructure, and dissemination and translation of knowledge into practice.
The center hosts quarterly Health Services Research Forums and Quality Improvement Statistics forums centered on research in comparative effectiveness, economic analyses, performance measurement, cultural disparities and obesity research in community based settings. The forums unite researchers across the Baylor College and Texas Children’s Hospital, and other organizations, to share experiences and ideas relevant to research projects involved with improving quality of care delivery. These sessions provide an opportunity for interested researchers to discuss potential collaborative projects.
Please view our calendar for upcoming events.