An Organizational Guide to Building Health Services Research Capacity

Jennifer Stevens, Roger Levine, Andrea S. Burling, and Darlene Russ-Eft

Geographic, racial, and ethnic disparities in health and health care and the need for healthcare systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations are a matter of national importance. As solutions are sought, it becomes more important to involve the areas and groups most affected by the disparities. They need to be empowered and equipped with the skills, tools, and funding to contribute to the development of research-based solutions. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sponsored the development of this guide to help research organizations and institutions improve their health services research capacity and competitiveness for grant and contract funding.