In the current health reform atmosphere, the results of various health services and health policy studies assume a heightened prominence. An article in Health Affairs reminds us that not all research is well-done and many studies have serious flaws which undermine their utility. (Health Affairs Article) The article gives several examples relevant to current issues, one of which is the widespread perception that greater use of health care IT will save money or improve quality, of assertions that are unsupported by rigorous research. The article also gives suggestions for how to improve both the research and the use of research findings in formulating policy.
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