Research is crucial to the NHS. It helps the NHS understand, adapt and respond to the challenges it faces. These challenges might come from changes in policy, populations, technologies or disease patterns. In the present climate, research evidence can play a key role in helping the NHS respond to the challenge of improving quality while simultaneously finding efficiencies.
This pdf Briefing looks at the role and value of research, in particular health services research, and explores the virtues and rewards to NHS organisations of being a good research partner.