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Gesundheitswesen. 2015 Mar;77(3):232-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1390410. Epub 2014 Nov 7.

[Health services research for the public health service (PHS) and the public health system].

[Article in German]

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Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL), Nürnberg.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

There is a great need for health services research in the public health system and in the German public health service. However, the public health service is underrepresented in health services research in Germany. This has several structural, historical and disciplinary-related reasons. The public health service is characterised by a broad range of activities, high qualification requirements and changing framework conditions.

RESULTS:

The concept of health services research is similar to that of the public health service and public health system, because it includes the principles of multidisciplinarity, multiprofessionalism and daily routine orientation. This article focuses on a specified system theory based model of health services research for the public health system and public health service. The model is based on established models of the health services research and health system research, which are further developed according to specific requirements of the public health service. It provides a theoretical foundation for health services research on the macro-, meso- and microlevels in public health service and the public health system.

DISCUSSION:

Prospects for public health service are seen in the development from "old public health" to "new public health" as well as in the integration of health services research and health system research. There is a significant potential for development in a better linkage between university research and public health service as is the case for the "Pettenkofer School of Public Health Munich".

PMID:
25379690
DOI:
10.1055/s-0034-1390410
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