Welcome to State Health Practices Database for Research

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User Guide

We recommend that you read through the User Guide first. The user guide is particularly helpful to new users and those new to the areas of healthcare, economics, and law. This document will provide users with an explanation of how to use the website, including a thorough description of our topics and content pieces. We hope you find the User Guide helpful in navigating our website.

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The State Health Practices Database for Research (SHPDR) captures cross-sectional and longitudinal variation in states’ statutes and laws to enable researchers to more effectively perform clinically oriented health economics research, and investigate the diffusion of medical technology and other health services research outcomes of interest.

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