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About Us Vision, Mission and Objectives

Vision:  To be recognized in Kentucky and the nation as a leader in research on ways to organize, finance, and deliver health care in an effective, equitable, and efficient manner.

Mission:  To serve as a focal point for health services research across UK, bringing together faculty, staff, and students across disciplines and colleges to advance health services research.

Overall Objectives:

  1. To facilitate high-impact research that identifies ways to organize, finance, and deliver health care in an effective, equitable, and efficient manner.
  2. To convene and engage health services researchers, including faculty, staff, and students.
  3. To increase the volume and reach of health services research.
  4. To support education and training programs related to health services research.
  5. To disseminate health services research findings to decision-makers in industry and government.

HSR Definitions and Examples Guiding the Center:

“Health services research is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry, both basic and applied, that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services to increase knowledge and understanding of the structure, processes, and effects of health services for individuals and populations.”  Field MJ, Tranquada RE, Feasley JC, editors. Institute of Medicine. Health Services Research: Work Force and Educational Issues. Washington DC: National Academy Press; 1995.

Examples of HSR include studies of:

  • Health care quality (structure, processes, and outcomes) in real world settings.
  • The effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of interventions.
  • Equitable access to health services and variations in care across ethnicity, race, gender, cultures, health care systems, and geography. 
  • The development and evaluation of new measures and methods for use in HSR, including health-related quality of life and patient assessment measures. 
  • The implementation of research findings into practice.
  • The evaluation of the effects of health policies on access, quality, and outcomes in patients and populations.

Health Services Research Is Multidisciplinary

HSR is multidisciplinary and includes scientists from the health professions (e.g., Pharm.D., M.D./D.O., D.N.P., and other health professional programs), social sciences (e.g., epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and political science), and persons trained specifically in health services research (e.g., Ph.D. programs in Health Services Research, Nursing, and related areas).  HSR involves multiple research approaches and methods, including the analysis of insurance claims and electronic health records, the conduct and analysis of surveys of patients and populations, and implementation science.

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The Center for Health Services Research reports to the Vice President for Research and the Associate Vice President for Centers and Institutes.

Ty Borders, PhD, a Professor in the College of Nursing, is Director of the CHSR.

Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD, serves as Associate Director for Implementation Science in the CHSR.