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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

History of Health Services Research Project


The project is motivated by the desire to collect the stories and experiences of innovators and leaders in the field of health services research. It is co-sponsored by the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) and the History of Medicine Division (HMD). Several initiatives are being pursued: individual oral and video interviews, a historical video for use in training health science librarians and HSR students, and solicitation and archiving of pertinent collections of papers.

NICHSR Oral History Project Transcripts

Aiken, Linda
Cleary, Paul
Donabedian, Avedis
Ginzberg, Eli
Hinman, Edward
Klarman, Herbert
Lee, Philip
Lohr, Kathy
Newhouse, Joe
Shapiro, Sam
Starfield, Barbara
Ware, John
White, Kerr

Regional Medical Programs Collection

The Regional Medical Program Archival materials span the entire history of the program and include oral interviews conducted in 1991.


Committee for the Nation's Health Manuscript Collection

The Committee was incorporated on 23 February 1946 with Michael M. Davis as chairman. Its purpose was to promote national health insurance.

NICHSR Historical Video

Health Services Research: A Historical Video combines narrative and interviews to explore the development of HSR into a recognized field of study.

Social Security Administration Interviews

A series of oral interviews, conducted in 1995 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, focusing primarily on the 1977 creation of the Health Care Financing Administration, the Centers' predecessor organization.