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Health Services Research: Opportunities for an Expanding Field of Inquiry: An Interim Statement
number and distribution of experienced health services researchers, training program capacity, and met and unmet needs for health services research analysis and discussion.
Supply of Professionals Trained in Health Services Research
The committee—a group representing a wide array of research and practice settings —has made some early observations about areas in which it believes that recruiting and retaining adequate numbers of researchers of sufficient quality are likely to be difficult. These preliminary views are based on discussions at the first committee meeting about the experiences of leading investigators in hiring junior researchers or finding collaborators and about the experiences of leaders in the private sector or industry, who cannot identify enough well-trained health services researchers to manage new research units. Documenting more fully the extent to which these views are accurate and determining whether other types of personnel may also prove to be in short supply in the future are tasks for the full study. To accomplish those tasks, the committee will conduct limited surveys of sites where health services education and research take place and secondary analysis of available work force data to explore such indicators as the number of unfilled posted positions and unstudied significant topics, and the amount of unclaimed grant funds. The committee will pay particular attention to certain types of personnel that already are perceived to be in short supply—generalist and specialist clinicians, social scientists with experience or interest in health services research, and quantitative experts in physical, behavioral, and subjective measurement.
Dimensions of Education and Training
The committee's recommendations about health services research training in its final report will focus specifically on the training support options open to