Investing in the Future of Health Care
Jul 7, 2020
This report provides an independent assessment of the breadth, scope, and impact of health services and primary care research funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from FYs 2012 to 2018. The authors identify research gaps and offer recommendations for maximizing the outcomes and value of future investments in health services and primary care research by federal agencies.
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This report presents the results of a congressionally mandated, independent assessment of federally funded health services research (HSR) and primary care research (PCR) spanning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from FYs 2012 to 2018. Through technical expert panels, stakeholder interviews, and a systematic environmental scan of research grants and contracts funded by HHS and the VA, the authors characterize the distinct contributions of agencies in these departments to the federal HSR and PCR enterprise. The authors also identify opportunities to improve detection and coordination of overlap in agency research portfolios, the impacts of HSR and PCR and how they cumulate across research portfolios, and gaps in research funding, methods, and dissemination. The authors offer recommendations to maximize the outcomes and value of future investments in federal HSR and PCR to better guide and serve the needs of a complex and rapidly changing U.S. health care system.
Breadth and Focus Areas of Federal Agency Research Portfolios in HSR and PCR
Overlap and Coordination of Federal Agency Research Portfolios in HSR and PCR
Impacts of Federally Funded HSR and PCR
Research Gaps and Prioritization of Federally Funded HSR and PCR
Conclusions and Recommendations
Details on Scan Data Set, Manual Reviews, Algorithm Classification Methods, and Supplemental Scan Results
Detailed Research Domain Framework Definitions and Classification Rules
Detailed Descriptions of Agency Research Portfolios
List of Other Research Gaps Identified by Study Participants
This research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and conducted by the Payment, Cost, and Coverage Program within RAND Health Care.
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