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The Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) study section reviews applications that focus on the organization, delivery, and utilization of health care services, as well as health outcomes specifically related to health services. Studies focus on the availability, access and acceptability, quality of care, costs and cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and financing of health care services. The study section does not review applications in basic science, the development of new tools, new models, or new medical technology.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Structure of health care, health care organization and delivery systems, performance and efficiency, clinician and hospital performance measures, and healthcare provider characteristics.
  • Health services utilization, access to health care, process of health care, the interaction of patients and providers in the delivery of health care services, and risk prediction related to health care delivery.
  • Studies of health insurance, reimbursement and financing systems, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and pharmaco-economics.
  • Healthcare quality and effectiveness, health status and health outcomes related to delivery of healthcare services, and testing (not development) of clinical prediction rules and pharmacovigilance.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

There are shared interests with Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH). Applications that use implementation science principles, and focus on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, guidelines and interventions into health care delivery are assigned to DIRH. Applications that focus on healthcare organization characteristics, performance in the delivery of services; measures of quality of care; clinician and hospital performance; healthcare provider and health care delivery system characteristics may be assigned to HSOD.

There are shared interests with Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS). Applications focused on quality of care outcomes of patients and/or their informal caregivers during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS. Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, including health economics and quality of care delivery, are reviewed in HSOD.

There are shared interests with Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP). Applications, including intervention studies that focus on the processes underlying health disparities and reducing or eliminating health disparities and improving equitable conditions, and that assess multilevel determinants of disparities among vulnerable groups are assigned to HDEP. Applications focusing on the delivery of services; including those delivered in non-traditional settings; integrated care delivery systems; measures of quality of care as it relates to service delivery and organizational or provider outcomes may be assigned to HSOD.

There are shared interests with Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPS), specifically for applications looking at the effect of health services on health outcomes. Applications focused on understanding risk factors or health status of a population exposed to services are generally assigned to SSPS. Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, quality of care delivery, healthcare organization performance; clinician and hospital performance; healthcare provider and health care system characteristics are assigned to HSOD.

There are shared interests with Addiction Risks and Mechanisms (ARM). Applications specifically focused on individual patients’ misuse of, and/or addiction, and abuse of prescription drugs (especially opioids) are reviewed in ARM; Applications focused on system and provider level health care delivery for prescription drugs; system and provider medication prescribing practices; and provider provision of prescribed medication services are reviewed in HSOD.