Introduction to Medical Care Statistical Workshops for Health Services Research
Practical, State-of-the-Art Reviews
Published in: Medical Care, Volume 55(4), April 2017, page 327. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000702
Posted on RAND.org on May 04, 2017
Understanding advances in medical care can lead to better health care policies, decisions, and population programs. As such, evidence-based research on planning, organizing, financing, providing, and evaluating health services requires state-of-the art qualitative and quantitative methods. In this issue of Medical Care, we are pleased to announce a new, recurring feature, Statistical Workshops for Health Services Research: Practical, State-of-the Art Methods and Reviews. The ultimate goal of this series is to improve the quality of health services research reported in the peer-reviewed literature by focusing on common and emerging statistical methods that may be particularly prone to misuse. We will focus on practical applications of statistical methods in health services research where even technically sophisticated but commonly used methods will be displayed to readers in a manner that makes them available and practical. To this end, this series will welcome presentations with practical recommendations and the inclusion of statistical software codes when appropriate to allow readers to apply the discussed methods in their work.