What is Health Services Research?

What is Health Services Research?

Health Services Research draws on multiple methodologies to determine the best possible delivery of cost-effective health care services. It considers health economics, epidemiology, behavioural science, statistics, and implementation science to answer questions such as:

  • What factors influence the use of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes among high-risk individuals, and how can access to and uptake of genetic testing be improved? 
  • What is the impact of the implementation of a survivorship care plan on patient-reported outcomes, healthcare utilization, and costs among cancer survivors? 
  • What are the disparities in access to cancer care among rural and urban populations, and what interventions can be implemented to improve access and outcomes among rural cancer patients? 

What is Implementation Science? 

Implementation science focuses on making sure that treatments, models of care and policies that have been proven to work are actually used in real-life situations. It involves studying the process of how research findings are put into practice, and looking at what makes it easier or harder to use them.

About the Department

Led by Professor Karin Thursky, we have active collaborations across Australia and worldwide.

We provide a range of services to health services research including:

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Main office: L13/305 Grattan Street, Melbourne
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