AcademyHealth, the leading U.S. national HSR organisation has published the results of a responsive project to identify the current and future priority questions of U.S health system leaders and care providers engaged in the response to COVID-19. The report is intended to inform decision-making of funders of health services research to guide investments in responsive research. It offers ideas for Australia and New Zealand. Read the report on the AcademyHealth website.
The report argues that while it may be hard to even consider an agenda for evaluation and learning given the urgency and human toll of the pandemic, health system leaders and researchers must use appropriate and rigorous methods, reliable data, and realistic assumptions to learn quickly from each other about what is working and what is not.
Based on the input of dozens of leading experts from health care systems, patient-representative groups, policy research organizations, professional associations, and government agencies, the report outlines rapid-cycle evaluation priorities in the following six categories:
- Patient and community experience, engagement, and outcomes;
- Care delivery, management, decision-making, and operations;
- Workforce needs, training, and policies;
- Technology, data, and telehealth;
- Policies, including payment policy; and
- Collaboration and coordination