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Table 1. Health services research doctoral core competencies (version 2)

Number Label Competency
1 Foundational knowledge Acquire knowledge of the context of health and health care systems, institutions, actors, and environment
2 Theoretical knowledge Apply or develop theoretical and conceptual models relevant to health services research (HSR)
3 Relevant and important HSR question development Pose relevant and important research questions, evaluate them, and formulate solutions to health problems, practice and policy
4 Conceptual models and operational methods Use or develop a conceptual model to specify study constructs for an HSR question and develop variables that reliably and validly measure these constructs
5 Study designs Describe the strengths and weaknesses of study designs to appropriately address specific HSR questions
6 Data collection and management methods Sample and collect primary health and health care data and/or assemble and manage existing data from public and private sources
7 Research conduct management Execute and document procedures that ensure the reproducibility of the science, the responsible use of resources, and the ethical treatment of research subjects
8 Data analysis Demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate application of analytical techniques to evaluate HSR questions
9 Professional development Work collaboratively in teams within disciplines, across disciplines, and/or with stakeholders
10 Communication Effectively communicate the process, findings, and implications of HSR through multiple modalities with stakeholders
11 Knowledge transfer Knowledge translation to policy and practice

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Internet Citation: Table 1. Health services research doctoral core competencies (version 2). October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.