Health-Services Databases Merged into HealthSTAR

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Health-Services Databases Merged into HealthSTAR


The HealthSTAR database, a collaborative effort of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has recently been announced. HealthSTAR can be dialed from any modem-equipped computer.

According to its publishers, HealthSTAR will help health care industry professionals answer questions such as the following: What are the best ways to measure community health? How many primary care physicians does a community need in a managed care environment? What does the future hold for nurse clinicians?

The database includes 2.5 million citations on subjects such as health care administration, economics, planning, and policy. Other subjects referenced include health services research, clinical practice guidelines, and technology assessment.

HealthSTAR will be updated weekly from a variety of sources-journal articles, books, book chapters, technical and government reports, meeting abstracts, conference papers, and newspaper articles. Citations go back to 1975.

Reflecting a trend occurring throughout health care, HealthSTAR was formed by merging two other health servicesrelated databases. The new database combines the former HEALTH (Health Planning and Administration) database with the HSTAR database. HEALTH has been produced by the American Hospital Association and NLM since 1977. HSTAR has been produced since 1994 by NLM's National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology. …

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