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What is health services research?

“Health services research is an interdisciplinary field of research that, starting from patient as well as population perspective and against the background of complex contextual conditions, investigates health care structures and processes, describes outcomes at the level of routine care, and evaluates complex interventions to improve care.”

Schrappe, M., Pfaff, H.: Einführung in Konzept und Grundlage der Versorgungsforschung [Introduction to the concept and basis of health services research]. In: Lehrbuch Versorgungsforschung [Textbook Health Services Research] (2017, 2nd Edition), p. 7., Pfaff, H. et al (editors).