Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Mar;132(3 Pt 2):1003-7. doi: 10.1038/jid.2011.357. Epub 2011 Nov 10.

The contribution of health services research to improved dermatologic care.

Author information

  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143-0808, USA.


To translate scientific discovery into improved health, we must study health care itself; i.e., how people access health care, costs or other barriers to the provision of good care, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. Health services research (HSR) is the interdisciplinary field that studies health care and its effects. This paper reviews different types of HSR and highlights some dermatologic examples that have resulted in improved health-care systems or have helped us understand access to existing systems. The paper also addresses some of the political and systematic challenges for health services research overall, and for individual investigators and program leaders.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Nature Publishing Group Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk