Health Services and Primary Care Research Study: Comprehensive Report
In March 2018, Congress directed and authorized the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to contract with an independent entity to assess health services research (HSR) and primary care research (PCR) funded by federal agencies. The goal of this Health Services and Primary Care Research Study was to provide an independent assessment of the current breadth, scope, and impact of HSR and PCR supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The study sought to identify research gaps and propose recommendations for maximizing the outcomes, value, and impact of HSR and PCR investments, including strategies for better coordination and potential realignment of research agendas.
This document provides the final report of the study to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. The document should be of interest to health services and primary care researchers, other stakeholders—including health care delivery leaders, consumers, purchasers, insurers, and improvement organizations—as well as congressional and other policymakers concerned with the role of federally funded research in advancing the fields of HSR and PCR.
This research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under Contract No. HHSA290201800002G and carried out within the Payment, Cost, and Coverage Program in RAND Health Care.
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