Following McGinnis and Moore's approach of counting unique authors in two key HSR journals, investigators listed in HSRProj, and presenters at the 2015 Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, we found 14,526 uniquely identified HSRers as of 2015 (Table 1) compared to the 11,596 HSRers in 2007 (McGinnis and Moore 2009).
Interestingly, the top 10 universities with the highest share of funded projects represented about one-fifth to a quarter of all funded projects when looking across both NIH RePORTER and HSRProj.
"HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress)" [accessed on October 11, 2016].
is a National Library of Medicine database that provides access to ongoing grants and contracts in health services research.
HSRProj is an online database available through the National Library of Medicine that provides descriptions of grants and contracts awarded by major public and private funding agencies and foundations.
These authors were merged into the database of AcademyHealth members, meeting participants, and HSRProj investigators, and duplicate names were removed.
The unduphcated conservative count of the HSR workforce is defined in this paper as (1) HSRProj investigators (since 2004), (2) annual research meeting speakers 2005-2007, (3) AcademyHealth members who are now lapsed and joined in 2000 or later, (4) AcademyHealth active members, (5) AcademyHealth interest group participants, and (6) authors from the journals Health Services Research and Medical Care (August 2006 to June/July 2007).
The Institute of Medicine study used a very similar methodology, basing their estimates on the membership and meeting attendees of the Association for Health Services Research (the precursor organization to AcademyHealth) and on the names found in HSRProj. They did not analyze the authors from Medical Care and Health Services Research, but they also collected data from a survey of 500 employers of health services researchers, from the brochures of about 50 research centers doing HSR, and from the membership of the nursing research honorary society Sigma Theta Tan.
We examined the 6,179 projects listed in HSRProj that were initiated from 2000 to 2005.
Consistent with the findings from the AcademyHealth membership surveys, we found that academic institutions conducted 54 percent of the projects listed in HSRProj, nonacademic health systems conducted 17 percent, and research organizations conducted 17 percent.
In 2000, 523 organizations initiated a project recorded in HSRProj. The number increased to 677 in 2001, 743 in 2002, 738 in 2003, 798 in 2004, and 709 in 2005.