This seminar provides an overview of HSRProj and HSRR and step-by-step instructions on how to best utilize the databases. Examples of analytic products and additional NLM resources will also be highlighted.



HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects-in-Progress) and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) are two free online resources funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NLM). The two resources are coordinated by the NLM's National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) and allow health services researchers to find the most up-to-date information for ongoing health services research (HSR) projects, find collaborators or funders, and review data and compare characteristics across datasets. 

HSRProj contains descriptions on more than 12,000 ongoing and recently completed HSR projects funded by federal  and state agencies, foundations, universities, private organizations, and international institutions. Researchers can use this database to find the most up-to-date research projects in the field, find colleagues who may be interested in collaborating, and view funders of current and past HSR projects. HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software. Users may review data and compare characteristics across datasets. Examples of HSRR data sources include: clinical records, discharge summaries, claims records, epidemiological surveys, surveys, and registries.

This seminar provides an overview of HSRProj and HSRR and step-by-step instructions on how to best utilize the databases. Examples of analytic products and additional AcademyHealth and NLM resources will also be highlighted. You can find more information on HSRProj and HSRR on our website. If you have questions about the recording or specific questions about the databases, please contact HSRproj staff

Learning Objectives

After watching this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of HSRProj, its contents, and how researchers can use it to obtain the best information
  • Create an effective search strategy within HSRProj
  • Understand the research uses of HSRR, what it contains, and how it can inform your research
  • Search HSRR successfully
  • Manipulate results of both databases successfully


    • HSRProj – Health Services Research Projects in Progress
    • HSRR - Health Services and Sciences Research Resources
    • HSRIC – Health Services Research Information Central
    • NICHSR – National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology


        To view the seminar with closed captioning, please click on "CC" at the bottom right of the seminar.

        *Please complete an evaluation of this seminar once you have finished viewing the presentation.

        Librarians are able to receive continuing education (CE) credit for viewing this seminar. To obtain this credit, please complete the continuing education evaluation form, and return it to HSRProj staff.

        Additional Materials


        Patricia Gallagher, M.L.S., M.A., AHIP, Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), National Library of Medicine; Lynn Whitener, Dr.P.H., M.S.L.S., Senior Content Specialist, HSRR, National Library of Medicine; and Nisha Kanani, M.P.H, Senior Associate, AcademyHealth

        Course Level 

        101 (Introductory)


        Faculty Bios

        Patricia Gallagher Headshot Patricia Gallagher, M.L.S., M.A., AHIP, was appointed Librarian at NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology  (NICHSR) in 2012. Her duties at NICHSR include working with the HSRProj database and on the HSRIC web portal.  Prior to her arrival at NLM, Ms. Gallagher was a Senior User Services Librarian at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and at a New York City-based academic medical center and nursing school library. While at NYAM, she served as a liaison to the Section on Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC) as a tutor and Librarian Coordinator for their EBHC workshop. She was the managing editor for NOAH: New York Online Access to Health and was on the project since the planning stages. She was also the instructor for the NYAM Junior Fellows program. Ms. Gallagher has presented and published on topics related to evidence-based medicine, History of Medicine, and Consumer Health. She has an M.L.S. from Queens College, a master’s degree from Hunter College, is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
        Lynn Whitener Headshot

        Lynn Whitener, Dr.P.H., M.S.L.S., holds an undergraduate degree in sociology, a master of science degree in library science, and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She was the librarian for the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH for 25 years.  While there, she worked with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AcademyHealth to create HSRProj and HSRR.  Since 2006, she has served as President of Information Packaging LLC to provide research and editorial services to public and private sector clients, including RTI and the University of the Danube.  Dr. Whitener is a Senior Consultant to NLM for issues around health services research and public health.

        Nisha Kanani Headshot Nisha Kanani, M.P.H., is a senior associate at AcademyHealth, and is responsible for the outreach, maintenance, and marketing of HSRProj, at AcademyHealth. As part of her work on HSRProj, Ms. Kanani conducts research projects utilizing HSRProj data. Past analyses have focused on topics related to health equity and disparities, public health services and systems research, cardiovascular disease, and trends in the field of health services research. Additionally, Ms. Kanani has collaborated with various external organizations, such as the Association of American Medical Collages, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on research projects that utilize HSRProj data. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, she worked as an intern at the American Psychological Association (APA), and as a special volunteer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. Kanani holds a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Davis.


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        HSRProj is a joint effort of AcademyHealth and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. HSRProj and HSRR are funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.