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Table 4

Health Services Research Core Competencies: Final Report 2008

Health Services Research (HSR) Doctoral Level Core Competencies
Number (#)LabelCompetencyDomain* Examples
1Foundational knowledgeAcquire knowledge of the context of health and health care systems, institutions, actors, and environment
  • Health and biology
  • Cost & financing of health care
  • Organization of health care
  • Health policy
  • Access and use
  • Quality of care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Health informatics
  • Outcomes and effectiveness
  • Resource allocation
  • Health behavior
  • Cross-cultural and global perspectives
2Theoretical knowledgeApply or develop theoretical and conceptual models relevant to health services research[Variable depending on the discipline or interdisciplinary area of specialization]
  • Theory construction
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Management
  • Political science
  • Anthropology
  • Operations research
  • Demography
3Relevant and important HSR question developmentPose relevant and important research questions, evaluate them, and formulate solutions to health problems, practice and policy
  • Scientific method and theory
  • Proposal/grant development
  • Assessment of evidence
  • Gap analysis
  • Stakeholder analysis
4Conceptual models and operational methodsUse or develop a conceptual model to specify study constructs for a health services research question and develop variables that reliably and validly measure these constructs
  • Scientific method and theory
  • Measurement and variables
  • Conceptual and analytic (empirical) models
  • Causal models
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
5Study designsDescribe the strengths and weaknesses of study designs to appropriately address specific health services research questions
  • Study designs
  • Observational vs. experimental designs
  • Survey research
  • Qualitative research designs
  • Quantitative research designs
  • Mixed method designs
  • Intervention research
  • Community based participatory research
  • Evaluation research
  • Quality improvement
6Data collection and management methodsSample and collect primary health and health care data and/or assemble and manage existing data from public and private sources
  • Survey research
  • Qualitative research
  • Operations research
  • Data acquisition
  • Data mining
  • File creation and database management
  • Quality control
  • Sampling
  • Health informatics
7Research conduct managementExecute and document procedures that ensure the reproducibility of the science, the responsible use of resources, the ethical treatment of research subjects
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Ethics
  • Authorship
  • Conflict of interest
  • Research integrity
  • Human subjects/IRBs
  • Contracts, MOUs, DUAs
  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Data acquisition
  • Quality control & DMBs
  • Research study management
  • Organizations as subjects
  • Health care law and risk management
  • Budget development and management
8Data analysisDemonstrate proficiency in the appropriate application of analytical techniques to evaluate HSR questions
  • Economic evaluation
  • Statistics, biostatistics and econometric methods
  • Estimation and prediction methods
  • Operations research and decision sciences
  • Analysis of complex samples
  • Advanced qualitative analytic methods
  • Advanced quantitative analytic methods
  • Meta-analysis
9Professional developmentWork collaboratively in teams within disciplines, across disciplines, and/or with stakeholders
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Team management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Knowledge management
  • Project management
  • Negotiation
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Cross-cultural and global perspectives
  • Lifelong learning
10CommunicationEffectively communicate the process, findings, and implications of health services research through multiple modalities with stakeholders
  • Proposal development
  • Dissemination
  • Communication skills
  • Marketing and persuasion techniques
  • Writing skills
  • Writing for scientific journals
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Cross-cultural and global perspectives
11Knowledge transferKnowledge translation to policy and practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • Evidence based policy
  • Human factors research
  • Health marketing
  • Implementation science
  • Translational research

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Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Table 4: Health Services Research Core Competencies: Final Report 2008. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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