Appendix E. 2005 Health Services Research (HSR) Core Competencies

Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative

NumberLabelCore Competency
1Breadth of HSR theoretical and conceptual knowledgeKnow how to apply alternative theoretical and conceptual models from a range of relevant disciplines to HSR
2In-depth disciplinary knowledge and skillsApply in-depth disciplinary knowledge and skills relevant to health services research
3Application of HSR foundational knowledge to health policy problemsUse knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy, and environmental context of health and health care to formulate solutions for health policy problems
4Pose innovative HSR questionsPose innovative and important research questions, informed by systematic reviews of the literature, stakeholder needs, and relevant theoretical and conceptual models
5Interventional and observational study designsSelect appropriate interventional (experimental and quasi-experimental) or observational (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods) study designs to address specific HSR questions
6Primary data collection methodsKnow how to collect primary health and health care data obtained by survey, qualitative, or mixed methods
7Secondary data acquisition methodsKnow how to assemble secondary data from existing public and private sources
8Conceptual models and operational measuresUse a conceptual model to specify study constructs for an HSR question and develop variables that reliably and validly measure these constructs
9Implementation of research protocolsImplement research protocols with standardized procedures that ensure reproducibility of the science
10Responsible conduct of researchEnsure the ethical and responsible conduct of research in the design, implementation, and dissemination of HSR
11Multidisciplinary teamworkWork collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams
12Data analysisUse appropriate analytical methods to clarify associations between variables and to delineate causal inferences
13Scientific communicationEffectively communicate the findings and implications of HSR through multiple modalities to technical and lay audiences
14Stakeholder collaboration and knowledge translationUnderstand the importance of collaborating with policymakers, organizations, and communities to plan, conduct, and translate HSR into policy and practice.
Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Appendix E. 2005 Health Services Research (HSR) Core Competencies: Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.