What is Health Services Research?

What is Health Services Research?

Health Services Research draws on multiple methodologies to achieve the best possible access, equity, and quality 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? 

For an introduction to our services Professor Karin Thursky, Associate Director of Health Services Research, answers your burning questions about what Health Services Research is and introduces you to our dynamic team. For the remaining speakers in this session or to hear about other areas of the department please visit our Education and Training page.

About the Department

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

Karin Thursky

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


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