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NIVEL – the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research - is the national institute for health services research in the Netherlands. It is an independent organisation. Its domain is applied and applicable health services research. NIVEL has a dual mission: scientific and societal. Increasingly, NIVEL has an international orientation.
NIVEL’s core business is health services research. Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that examines how social factors, financing systems, organisational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviours affect access to health care, the quality and costs of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being .
The Diagram on the left depicts the six domains of the NIVEL research programme. Central to our approach is the interaction between patients and care professionals and organisations. We study this interaction and its outcomes in relation to governance structures, whilst also investigating characteristics of patients, care professionals and organisations.
Applied and applicable research
NIVEL's research is characterized as applied and applicable research. By this statement two different things are meant:
NIVEL’s research capacity and expertise are used by many organisations, such as:
Statutory obligation to publish the results of all its activities
NIVEL’s activities include the collation and publication of existing knowledge and evidence in articles in scientific, professional and policy journals, in reports, bibliographies, reviews, summaries and fact sheets. NIVEL has a statutory obligation to publish the results of all its activities.
Since its start in 1965, NIVEL has built up expertise on various aspects within the domain of health care services. Starting as the scientific institute of the Dutch College of General Practitioners, NIVEL’s domain has expanded gradually to primary care, secondary care and hospital care. Nowadays, NIVEL’s research covers the entire ‘somatic’ health care. NIVEL’s permanent staff consists of senior experts, all with a PhD degree, in various fields.
NIVEL's National Information Systems
An important basis for our expertise is the responsibility for national data bases and information systems on:
Quality of research
In 2010 an independent international review committee assessed the scientific quality and societal relevance of NIVEL’s research. On a scale from one to five we received a five.
In december 2008 we received once again the full ISO-9001 accreditation.
What can NIVEL do for you?
NIVEL's expertise is available for people involved in research and/or in health policy; people who work in an organisation of health care professionals, a consumer organisation, or a health insurance company.
NIVEL’s service includes for example: