Regional Health Services Research
In the research field of regional health services research, spatial differences in the health and the health care of the population are analysed. The connecting element is the aim to achieve the best possible health outcomes with given regional resources and ensuring that the patients' needs for medical services are met.
For this purpose, research is conducted, for example, on how to estimate the latent need for medical services, the identification of regions in which possible deficits in access to care (e.g. long waiting times for appointments) are existing as well as the identification of spatial, supply-side and demand-side determinants which are relevant for the utilisation of health services.
Research on monitoring and analysing these regional differences in health care can provide important information on avoidable regional differences in the quality and efficiency of care. The findings can be relevant, for example, for requirements planning, regional benchmarking, and in-depth quality management with local parties.