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Background information

This EUPHA section was established in 1992, making it one of the largest section networks in EUPHA.
As of 7 November 2012, the section has merged with the section on the utilisation of medicines. Click here for the old website of the section on medicines. 

Interesting links The EUPHA section HSR has strong links to the Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (NIVEL) and has been actively involved in their project 'HSR Europe' which aimed at identifying, evaluating and improving the contribution of Health Services Research.

The (new) definition of health services research used by the American Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy is: “Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations.” (Lohr and Steinwachs, 2002) From this definition, it is clear that health services research covers a very broad domain, ranging e.g. from international comparisons of payment systems to studies of individuals’ help-seeking behaviour, and from quality of care research to economic evaluations.

This site will in future include different information about the activities of the section, including reports, minutes of annual meetings and other information relevant to its membership.


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