Health Services Research

Research within this cluster seeks

  1. To understand challenges in health care organization and delivery of services that are equitable using a systems lens.
  2. To build an actionable base of innovations and interventions to strengthen an integrated delivery of health care services that is person-centered at decentralized levels of health care.

We draw inspiration from the Primary Health Care concept – “Primary health care is essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination” (Alma Ata declaration 1978) and conduct research for realisation of the same.

We strive to better understand the challenges in implementation and service delivery, identifying and create solutions based on that understanding, and study the implementation of measurable actions to improve health services.

Some of the themes we have worked on and continue to engage with are

  1. Primary Health Care
  2. Quality of care
  3. Access to care
  4. Health care workforce
  5. Disease control
  6. Private sector engagement
  1. Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM)
  2. School CAPHRI, Care, and Public Health Research Institute
  3. Maastricht University
  4. Kolar District Health Office
  5. Tumkur District Health Office
  6. WHO Alliance for Health Systems and Policy Research
  8. Govt of Telangana
  9. Fernandez Hospital
  1. Enhancing care for urban poor living with chronic conditions: role of local health systems
  2. Improving access to medicines for non-communicable diseases in rural India: a mixed methods study protocol using quasi-experimental design
  3. Importance of Diet in Managing NCD’s
  4. Intervening in the local health system to improve diabetes care: lessons from a health service experiment in a poor urban neighborhood in India
  5. Tobacco control in India: A case for the Health-in-All Policy approach
  6. The rising burden of chronic conditions among urban poor: a three-year follow-up survey in Bengaluru, India
  7. Litigation for Claiming Health Rights: Insights from Tobacco Control
  8. Tobacco or a job?
  9. Television as a public health awareness tool to reduce tobacco use: Are we doing enough in India?.eSocial Sciences journal, 2014.
  10. Challenging Ties between State and Tobacco Industry : Advocacy Lessons from India
  11. Constraints faced by urban poor in managing diabetes care: patients’ perspectives from South India.
  12. No longer diseases of the wealthy: prevalence and health-seeking for self-reported chronic conditions among urban poor in Southern India.
  13. She is not an Indian cultured woman”: Youth perceptions about smokers in South India
  14. Understanding factors at household level affecting access to diabetes care: Study from urban south India
  15. Challenging the conflict of interest for tobacco control: Advocacy lessons from India
  16. Out-of-pocket healthcare payments on chronic conditions impoverish urban poor in Bangalore, India
  17. Challenges in organizing quality diabetes care for the urban poor : a local health system perspective
  18. Health system obstacles in the delivery of quality care to People With Chronic Diseases (PWCD): a case study from urban India.
  19. India: Code of conduct on dealings with tobacco industry
  20. “Indian”Hub”on”Health”System”(IHHS),” and”hub”on”Research”and”Action”on”Chronic”Conditions”in” Asia”(ReACh”Asia)
  21. Tobacco use and related factors among South-Indian metropolis
  22. Media Pack: A bunch of six fact sheets on various aspects of tobacco control developed in collaboration with the District Anti Tobacco Cell Bangalore.
  23. Tobacco use and related factors among pre-university students in a college in Bangalore, India
  24. Education Pack: A toolkit for teachers to raise awareness on tobacco related issues among students at school level.
  25. What to do with the epidemic of diabetes – a health systems response


Dorothy Lall

Cluster Lead

Angel Sudha       Angel Sudha


N Devadasan


B. L.Himabindu


Sunitha Srinivas


Prof. Bart Criel


Vijayashree H Y


Manoj Kumar Pati


Praveenkumar Aivalli


Thriveni B S

Maya Anni Elias

Munegowda C M


Dr Nora Engel


Dr Madhukar Pai


Strengthening primary health care

Private sector engagement


Optimising the involvement of Private Practitioners
in Tuberculosis Care

Access to care

Disease control

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