National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the purpose of the HSRR system?

What is included in HSRR?

What research resources are included in the HSRR?

What is included in an HSRR record?

How are HSRR records organized?

How are the HSRR records displayed?

Can I suggest a resource to include in the HSRR database?

How do I access the HSRR system?

How do I contact HSRR customer service?


What is the purpose of the HSRR system?

The HSRR database was designed for health care researchers and health sciences librarians seeking data resources used in health services research, the behavioral and social sciences and public health. Users may examine and compare characteristics of health-related research tools and link to additional research resources.

What is included in HSRR?

HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software. Users may examine and compare characteristics of some of the resources employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed. It also includes URLs of providers for additional information or access to the resources. HSRR is not a repository of the actual resources.

What research resources are included in the HSRR?

HSRR includes clinical records, discharge summaries, claims records, epidemiological surveys, health/ behavioral/ social surveys, disease registries, birth registries, and data about practitioners, programs, and facilities.

What is included in an HSRR record?

An HSRR record contains information about the content and format of a health service research, behavioral and social science and public health tool. It includes information about accessibility (e.g., provider or vendor contact information, costs and restrictions on use) and methodology (e.g., sample size, population characteristics, units of analysis, data collection mechanisms). When available, relevant published references about resources are accessible through saved searches with one-click links to PubMed, as well as other technical information about the tool.

How are HSRR records organized?

HSRR records are currently divided into the following three record types:
Datasets - A file or group of files associated with one part of a study. Files associated with a dataset might include a data file, a machine-readable codebook, SPSS control cards, and other files related to the data file.
Instruments/Indices - A research instrument contains the operational definitions of all measures related to the research and is primarily used to collect data. When a research instrument contains only questions and statements to be answered by respondents it is called a questionnaire.
Software - Program(s) used to develop databases, analyze and/or manipulate data from datasets.

How are the HSRR records displayed?

Your search Results will be sorted by record type (dataset, instrument, software) and then alphabetically by title. Titles starting with numbers appear before those starting with letters.

Can I suggest a resource to include in the HSRR database?

Yes, just fill out the Suggest Resource form and submit your suggestion. Or you may suggest a tool for HSRR or request additional information by contacting: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike Building 38A, Mail Stop 20 Bethesda, MD 20894 (301) 496-0176 (Voice) (301) 402-3193 (FAX) e-mail: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

How do I access the HSRR system?

Go to the National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Web site at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hsrr_search/

How do I contact HSRR customer service?

Send comments or questions about HSRR to custserv@nlm.nih.gov  , or contact the NLM Customer Service desk at 1-888-346-3656 (1-888-FindNLM). Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 8:45 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.