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Unbounding a Discipline to Bind Innovative Change: A New Paradigm for Health Services Research

This horizon scan looks at the internal and external forces that could spark innovation within the field of HSR.

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Institutional norms have helped the field of HSR establish itself as an academic discipline, but can make innovation within the field difficult. This paper looks at internal and external forces that could spark innovation within the discipline. The goal is to spur self-examination within the HSR field by identifying, assessing, and embracing internal and external forces that could change the way HSR is conducted. The paper draws from other disciplines to present three archetypes for how the field of HSR could evolve to help leaders in the field think about the discipline in new ways.

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Sivan Spitzer-Shohat, Ph.D.

Sociologist and Principal Investigator - Health Equity Advancement Lab

Spitzer-Shohat is an organizational sociologist and the principal investigator of ‘HEAL’ – Health Equity Advan... Read Bio

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Marshall H. Chin, M.D., M.P.H., FACP

Professor - Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Marshall Chin is the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at t... Read Bio