Field of Work: Effects of changes in the health system
Problem Synopsis: By the end of the 20th century, the nation's health care system was in flux and its future was uncertain. Yet, existing information provided only a sketchy view of the past and limited and outdated information about the present, with no capacity to document future trends.
Synopsis of the Work: The Center for Studying Health System Change, the core component of RWJF's Health Tracking initiative, conducted seven rounds of site visits to 12 diverse communities, six rounds of household surveys, and five rounds of physician surveys for the purpose of documenting and analyzing how changes in the health care system played out for patients, doctors, and communities.
The Center's focus is on providing policy-makers with timely, accurate information on which to base future health care policy.