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January 29, 2020

Maximizing the Impact of Surgical Health Services Research: The Methodology Toolbox

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 3Deputy Editor, JAMA Surgery
  • 4Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
  • 5Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(3):190-191. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5479

In the past, stereotypical surgeon-scientists were busy clinical surgeons who studied the intersection of their clinical specialty and biology in a laboratory setting. They harnessed their passion and interest in clinical pathophysiology in the laboratory with their innate desire to fix problems in the operating room. However, with the growing complexity of our health care system, surgeons’ focus has slowly shifted to the epidemiology of surgical diseases, trying to understand the patient-level implications of our clinical decisions and the population-level effect of operations we perform every day. These areas of scientific inquiry are commonly referred to as health services research (HSR).

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