Measuring scientific impact of AHRQ research grants: FY2005-2010
The purpose of this study was to determine research productivity; return investment in AHRQ funded research grants and to perform an analysis of the publication outputs and journal impact factors associated with AHRQ grants in the form of dissemination.
AHRQ Grants On-Line Database (GOLD) was searched for grants funded from 2003-2010 to allow a two year lag time to publication for a new grant. The National Health Institute Query View and Report Database (NIH QVR) was subsequently searched based on principal investigator and grant identification number to determine any publications and journal impact factors. Findings were stratified based on AHRQ's Portfolios of Research Priorities.
Overall journal impact score of AHRQ Portfolios of Research (2.034) was consistent with those for Health Services Research (2.293), the official journal of AcademyHealth which AHRQ funds. Health Information Technology received a large amount of funding (n=163, 48.98% of total budget) and had the second to highest average impact score (2.116). Prevention/Care Management received the highest average impact score (2.553) and the second to highest average publications (1.471) for grants. Patient Safety had the highest average publications (1.497) for grants. Comparative Effectiveness had very few funded grants (n=20, 1.30% of the total budget) yet consistent average impact score (1.797) but fewer publications (0.80).
In summary, this study provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of AHRQ Funded Grants in terms of delivery of scientific knowledge to the Health Services Research community. Overall, journal impact score of AHRQ Portfolios of Research (2.034) was consistent with Health Services Research journal impact score (2.293), the official journal of AcademyHealth. Questions to be addressed in the future are whether funding has changed for Comparative Effectiveness since the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related research
Identify the need for government funding in Comparative Effectiveness Research areas. Analyze journal impact factors and publication outputs associated with AHRQ extramural grants in the form of dissemination.
Keyword(s): Public Health Research, Public Health Agency Roles
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