Study Section Research Foci

The following table provides descriptions of the research foci of five standing study sections that conduct peer review for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under the Health Services Research Institutional Review Group. The competencies, frequency of meetings, and number of members can be found here.

Healthcare Systems & Value Research (HSVR) Healthcare Information Technology Research (HITR) Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research (HSQR) Healthcare Research Training (HCRT)
Development of Measures/Data/ Tools/Strategies for Reducing Healthcare Costs/Improving Quality of Care within Organization and/or Systems of Cares Identify Challenges to Health Information Technology (HIT) Adoption and Use Organization and Functioning of the Healthcare Delivery and Access to improve Healthcare Effectiveness Identify Risks/Hazards that Lead to Medical Errors and Find Ways to Prevent Medical Errors – Improve Patient Safety Health Services Research Training & Career Development
Implementation & Innovation Research Implementation & Innovation Research Patient-Center/Consumer-Focused Healthcare Effectiveness Research on Scopes/Impacts of Medical Errors on Costs/Qualities & Efficiencies/Effectiveness of Cares Institutional Training & Career Development
Access and Utilization Technology/Health Information Technology (Health IT) Assessment Qualitative & Quantitative Methods

Examine/Improve Medical Liability

Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research

Healthcare-associated Infection

Training-related Conferences/Workshops
Cost/Finance/Markets Information Sciences; Dissemination Evidence-based Medicine Qualitative & Quantitative Methods Demonstrations & Evaluations
Qualitative & Quantitative Methods Qualitative & Quantitative Methods Innovation Research

Evidence-based Medicine

Quality Improvement Research


Delivery Systems

System Focused CER

Clinical/Translational Decisionmaking Access to & Utilization of Care Dissemination/Translation Research Findings and Methods to Reduce Medical Errors; Quality Improvement  
Organizational Studies Patient Utilities, Morbidity & Function Clinical Outcome Research System-Level Delivery of Care  
Infrastructure Building Research Outcome Research Health Care Decisions for Providers/Purchasers, and Policymakers Environment/Culture – Level Delivery of Care  
Provider Workforce Uses of HIT for Healthcare Quality & Cost Improvement Innovation & Emergent Issues Research Innovation & Emergent Issues Research  
Page last reviewed December 2016
Page originally created October 2011
Internet Citation: Study Section Research Foci. Content last reviewed December 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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