›› 2013, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (6): 703-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2013.06.001

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Commentary on health system research

MA Jin   

  1. School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200025, China
  • Online:2013-06-28 Published:2013-06-28
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, 71273175;Shanghai Education Committee Innovation Project, 13YS022; Shanghai Public Health Key Discipline Construction Project, 12GWZX0601


Health system research is conducted from the view of system, focuses on the evidence, and aims to improve the health output and promote the health care delivery. Health system reform, in order to improve the performance of health system, should lay emphasis on the systematic thinking and collaboration relationship. Only when every subsystem operates concordantly and efficiently can the whole health system ultimately provide higher efficient health services with lower investment, and satisfy the health demands of all the people. The article systematically makes a comment on the definition and significance, systematic thinking, main research problems and progress of health system research.

Key words: health system, health system research, system thinking, health policy