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National Health Surveys and the Behavioral Model of Health Services Use

Andersen, Ronald Max PhD

doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e31817a835d
Annals of HSR

National health surveys have played an important role in the development of health services research. They have contributed to the advancement of concepts, methods, and the policy relevance of the field. One product of these surveys was the Behavioral Model of Health Services Use. This article documents a 75-year legacy by reviewing the series of national studies that have given to the form and function of health services research. It further examines the Behavioral Model through 40 years of considerable application and alteration.

From the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California.

Supported by UCLA/DREW Project EXPORT, NCMHD, P20MD000148/P20MD000182, and from the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Improvement in Minority Elderly/Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, NIH/NIA/NCMHD Grant P30-AG-021684.

Reprints: Ronald Andersen, PhD, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, 650 C. E. Young Dr. S., Rm. 61-243 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.