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

Establishing an AHRQ Learning Collaborative

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

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