Health Services Research (HSR) Methods
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Link List for Glossaries

Agingstats.gov Glossary
A glossary of terms used in the Older American 2008 Project.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Effective Health Care Glossary
A glossary of terms used in the AHRQ Effective Health Care program focused on making the best health care decisions.

Bandolier: Evidence Based Thinking about Health Care
Systematic reviews on a wide variety of health topics including evidence-based studies organized by age groups to which the studies apply. White papers and booklets on methods in evidence-based medicine, as well as a glossary of terms.

Cochrane Collaborative Glossary of Research Terms
A glossary of research terms related to systematic reviews.

Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing (FOLDOC)
A free online dictionary of terms used in programming and computing.

Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Vortal
Provides a portal for resources on health technology assessment including glossaries, databases, and methods tutorials.

An online learning resource for public health practitioners sponsored by Britain’s Department of Health (DH). HealthKnowledge maintains a glossary of concepts and terms related to public health research, including research terms, and a "jargon buster" to facilitate understanding of acronyms and commonly used terms in the health care delivery system.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): Data Use Tutorial
A guide to using ICPSR raw data. Also includes links to the ICPSR glossary and the Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) glossary of research terms.

National Cancer Institute (NCI): Health Services and Economics website
Part of NCIs Cancer Control and Population Sciences. This site provides tools for researchers, areas of research, surveys and studies, and research networks to give information on cancer in the specific areas of health services and economics.

AHRQ Patient Safety Network
A glossary of terms commonly used in health care, including terms involving errors and patient safety. The glossary contains important concepts in quality methods.

Policy Jargon Decoder: The Urban Institute
A glossary of terms used in Urban Institute publications and general policy discussions.

Project GOLD: Research Methods Glossary
Project Guidance Online for those Learning at a Distance (GOLD) is a program run by the Royal College of Nursing, to improve distance education in nursing. The research methods glossary covers a variety of research topics.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut
Modules on appropriate interpretation and use of polling results. Includes discussion of sample selection and survey error as well as a glossary of polling terms. Sample assignments are available for teaching purposes.

Fee-based access is available to the iPoll database of public opinion studies, which includes select questions and response data from major polling firms such as the Gallup Organization and Harris Interactive.

U.S. National Institutes of Health Clinical Trial Website
Provides a straightforward glossary of terms commonly used in clinical trials.