The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies projects fall under three main categories: Healthcare Systems, Population Health and Determinants, and Clinical Practice. Examples of innovative projects are listed within each of these domains.
Healthcare System faculty examine outcomes, quality, and measurement of healthcare delivery systems with research and practice translation that spans from the individual clinic to hospital and healthcare systems. PRL-IHPS faculty have informed the development of value-based purchasing approaches and have undertaken cost and cost-effectiveness studies across a wide domain of conditions and systems both domestically and internationally. Healthcare system faculty also conduct research on the healthcare workforce with a particular focus on nursing and primary care providers. The Institute is particularly interested in ensuring that our healthcare system delivers appropriate care to at-risk populations including children and the elderly.
Population Health and Determinants faculty focus on disparities in health and healthcare. Faculty examine how to ensure access to primary care for low-income populations in California and nationwide. For example, Institute faculty and staff work on shaping state and national policies related to reproductive health access. PRL-IHPS faculty use longitudinal data to examine chronic disease and its impact on vulnerable patients. Vulnerable populations are also a key focus of longstanding PRL-IHPS research and translation related to substance use policy and tobacco control. Institute faculty have examined the impact of the environment on reproductive health outcomes and child health. Additionally, faculty study disasters—both natural and human-created—with a particular focus on health and the environment.
In Clinical Practice, PRL-IHPS has long been a leader in research and policy translation related to technology evaluation, drugs, and pharmaceuticals. The Institute boasts a path-breaking program on the production of research and medical evidence that touches on issues related to industry sponsorship, conflict of interest, and research integrity. In award-winning work, Institute faculty have developed and put into practice decision-making tools that facilitate the delivery of patient-centered care. PRL-IHPS is also at the forefront of understanding how genetic technologies and personalized medicine will shape and re-shape clinical practice of the future.The Patient Support Corps