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Health Services Research in Neurology

Lorene M. Nelson, Caroline M. Tanner, Stephen K. Van Den Eeden and Valerie M. McGuire

in Neuroepidemiology

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195133790
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133790.003.18
Health Services Research in Neurology

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This chapter covers the principles of health services research, which is critical for understanding and reducing the burden of neurological disease across populations. The goal of neurologic health services research is to create a scientific basis for measurably improving the care that is provided to patients with both chronic and acute neurological conditions. It is multi-disciplinary research that draws on the expertise of neurologists trained in clinical research methods, economists, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, sociologists, and other social scientists. Typical sources of data for health services research studies are surveys and interviews, medical records, and administrative data sets. Most health services researchers employ a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and they work in collaboration with health care administrators and organizations in which health care is provided in the US. The chapter encompasses the design and execution of studies of access to care, quality of care and outcomes research, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness.

Keywords: health services research; health care; health care access; quality of health care; outcomes research; effectiveness research; cost-effectiveness

Chapter.  4848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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