Health Services Research and Critical Care

  • K. Hillman
  • J. Chen
Conference paper


Much of our clinical practice is historically based on the individual doctor-patient relationship. While this provides the foundation for the practice of medicine, we view work in a complex environment where care of the seriously ill has to be provided at the same level for 24 hours a day. Moreover, the care involves the seamless interaction between other areas of the hospital, such as emergency departments, general wards and operating rooms as well as between many different specialists. In order to evaluate these interactions and systems we will need to familiarize ourselves with the principles of Health Services Research (HSR).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Hillman
    • 1
  • J. Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Area Critical Care ServiceLiverpool HospitalLiverpool BCAustralia
  2. 2.The Simpson Center for Health ServicesUniversity of New South Wales Liverpool HospitalLiverpool BCAustralia

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