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About the Center

UCSD Health Services Research Center provides a comprehensive variety of research services to academia, health services organizations, corporations, and individuals worldwide. We are a non-profit research organization within the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Our research team specializes in the measurement, collection and analysis of health outcomes data to help improve health care delivery systems and, ultimately, to improve patient quality of life. HSRC has done important work over the years in developing validated measures for studying patient quality of life and quality of well-being.

Our mission is to support research focused on understanding how clinical and treatment services affect health outcomes. The center brings together experts in the fields of health outcomes, program evaluation, quality of life measurement, and medical research informatics, providing the infrastructure for clinical and academic research and program and performance evaluation studies.

Measurement instruments developed by HSRC researchers have been invaluable in providing clinical investigators throughout the world valid, reliable and meaningful tools to study health outcomes and quality of life. HSRC-developed instruments are used to study a wide range of areas including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cataracts, mental health diagnoses, including schizophrenia, and physical and mental health integration.

Since its beginnings, HSRC has been on the cutting edge of new technologies for gathering and analyzing research data, from developing Computer Aided Telephone Interviewing (CATI) systems for large scale, real-time telephone interview data capture, to our most recent work on the Health Outcomes Management System (HOMS), a high powered data collection, analysis, and reporting system with a wide array of applications for projects in medical research and beyond.