The study of health services combines clinical, epidemiological and operational study. Health services are one of the key factors that affect the health of both the public and individuals. Primary health care is the foundation of the health service system, and the aim is to strengthen it with the help of future nationwide solutions for social welfare and health care. In fact, the importance of the study of health services has become more and more significant and current.
Topics that are of interest in the study of health services include the use of services, the content, quality and appropriateness of work, and the organisation of services and treatment practices. The study of health services contains various kinds of research methods in order to specify problems, describe phenomena, assess operating methods, identify risk factors and a forecast, and study diagnostics, and the efficiency and impact of treatment.
The study of health services may be:
- Clinical and problem-centred (for example, what is the best way to treat arterial hypertension?)
- Patient or public-centred (for example, what is the burden of being ill like for an individual, the public and the health care system?)
- Treatment and method-centred (for example, how should the screening and treatment of depression be implemented?)
Research for promoting effective health services for the public and patients – that is what the study on health services is all about.
For further information Pekka Mäntyselkä, Professor, Email pekka.mantyselka(at)uef.fi