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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject introduces students to health services research, that seeks to identify the most effective ways to organise, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care and improve patient safety. This kind of research is more concerned with delivery and access to care in contrast to medical research, which focuses on the development and evaluation of clinical treatments. The aim of health service research is to increase understanding of the process, mechanisms, and effects of health services for individuals, families, communities, and populations in order to improve overall health outcomes.
This subject paves the way for students to undertake health services research or to further appreciate the functioning of health services in clinical, management or policy roles.
Topics to be studied include the following:
- Introduction to health services research
- Multi-level health service financing and organisation
- Data sources for assessing health care services in high income countries
- Scope and design of health services research and identifying areas of need
- Qualitative methods for health services research
- Quantitative methods for health services research
- Evaluating health services using case studies
- Knowledge translation and stakeholder involvement
The subject plans to include guest lectures drawing from the broad and extensive range of researchers with experience in Health Services Research in the Centre for Health Policy and MSGPH.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of health services research principles
- Explain and analyse aspects of health service organisation and financing
- Explain principles for designing methods and using different types of data for health services research
- Understand the purpose of qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis for health services research
- Apply knowledge of evaluation to health services and health services research
- System level thinking
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
- Written communication
Last updated: 24 January 2023