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Interdisciplinary Health Services Research

  • By: Elizabeth M. Goering
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Interdisciplinary health services research (IHSR) refers to the general approach of combining knowledge and methodologies from multiple disciplinary perspectives in an effort to find more complete or comprehensive answers to complex health-related problems. Since the 1990s, the IHSR model has become increasingly popular. In fact, it has even been institutionalized at several universities, including Boston University, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, through the establishment of interdisciplinary health research centers.

Benefits of Interdisciplinary Health Services Research

IHSR is a useful strategy because the questions health researchers seek to address tend to be too complex to be fully understood from a single disciplinary perspective. The complexity of health issues is exacerbated by the fact that they are often multifaceted, international in scope, ...

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