AHCPR and the changing politics of health services research.

Bradford H. Gray, Michael K. Gusmano, Sara R. Collins

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The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has had a turbulent history. Created with little opposition in 1989, it narrowly escaped being eliminated in 1995, only to be reauthorized (with a new mandate and name--the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ) with overwhelming support in 1999. In focusing on budgetary history, this paper sheds light on why health services research (HSR) has difficulty obtaining funding from a government that is willing to spend vast sums on basic biomedical research. The paper argues that three strategies--bureaucratic, marketing, and constituency building--that advocates adopted in the late 1980s made HSR more visible and consequential and were responsible for AHCPR's budgetary successes as well as its near-demise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W3-283-307
JournalHealth affairs (Project Hope)
VolumeSuppl Web Exclusives
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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