Special edition of health journal focuses on global issues

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Yale is sponsoring the December issue of the journal Health Services Research (HSR) which is dedicated to global health issues.

Elizabeth Bradley, faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, and Mary Fennell, professor at Brown University, reviewed and selected all articles, along with the HSR editorial board. “This special issue of HSR publishes outstanding work in several critical areas of global health and illustrates the value of diverse disciplines in addressing key research questions in this field,” said Bradley. “Our goal was to showcase the potential interaction between the health services research field and global health topics, as many of the disciplines and frameworks of health services can be helpful in global health efforts, particularly in the ongoing health systems strengthening work.”

Bradley and her colleagues provide an overview of how the evolution of global health, from its roots in international health to its current focus on health systems strengthening, provides opportunities for social scientists to contribute meaningfully to the field. Whereas international health generally focused on low- and middle-income countries, emphasized bilateral cooperation, and attracted researchers from medicine and public health, the field of global health encompasses a much broader vision.

The featured papers address several issues including the role of decentralizing health care services on patient satisfaction and on catastrophic health expenditures; the degree to which people in a post-conflict setting value perceived technical quality of care over convenience, courtesy and other system attributes; factors most strongly associated with the responsiveness of a nation’s health systems; identification of common features that drive national choices to adopt universal health insurance; racial disparities in childhood insurance; and the links between hospital organizational culture and hospital performance including profitability and patient satisfaction.

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