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Foundations of Health Services Research

Principles, Methods, and Topics

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  • Focuses on healthcare practice and healthcare professionals
  • Emphasizes research principles and research methods
  • Calls attention to emerging themes of health services research

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About this book

This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to health services research. Health services research uses empirical studies to address challenges in the delivery and organization of health care. The book focuses on healthcare delivery (micro-level), which is embedded in institutions such as hospitals (meso-level) and healthcare systems (macro-level). The quality of the research approach determines the value of health services research to a large extent. The book, therefore, puts emphasis on research principles and research methods.

 The book provides an evidence-informed perspective on principles, methods and topics of health services research and uses examples of studies throughout the text. The 24 chapters are organised in four sections:

  • Introduction to Health Services Research
  • Principles of Health Services Research
  • Research Methods in Health Services Research
  • Emerging Topics in Health Services Research

Foundations of Health Services Research: Principles, Methods, and Topics gives an overview of tools and strategies for learning and teaching at master and doctoral levels. It also is a useful resource for health researchers in clinical science and public health. Policy-makers and healthcare managers might also find the book helpful for their work.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Introduction to Health Services Research

  2. Principles of Health Services Research

  3. Research Methods in Health Services Research

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany

    Michel Wensing, Charlotte Ullrich

About the editors

Michel Wensing is university professor and head of a master program in health services research and implementation science at Heidelberg University, Germany. He is embedded in the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research at Heidelberg University Hospital. After graduation in sociology, he received a doctoral degree in the medical sciences (both in The Netherlands). Subsequently he received habilitation at Heidelberg University and a full professorship at Radboud University, The Netherlands. He has a broad interest and experience in health services research, implementation science, and primary care research. He is teacher of these subjects at Heidelberg University. 

Charlotte Ullrich is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany and the coordinator of a master program in health services research and implementation science at Heidelberg University. Trained as a social scientist she holds a doctoral degree in sociology from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She teaches research principles and qualitative research methods. Research interests include medical sociology, reproductive health and qualitative research methods.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Foundations of Health Services Research

  • Book Subtitle: Principles, Methods, and Topics

  • Editors: Michel Wensing, Charlotte Ullrich

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-29998-8

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-29997-1Published: 30 August 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30000-4Due: 20 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-29998-8Published: 29 August 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 317

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Health Care Management, Medicine/Public Health, general, Public Health

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