Health Services research in Spain has grown in the last 20 years, mainly around small research groups. Although some previous efforts can be highlighted, it was not until 2004 that health services research appeared as a priority research area in the 2004-2007 National Research Plan.
REDISSEC’s capacity is based on previous experience of collaborative research in most of the participating groups. This collaborative strategy has made it possible to build an initiative composed of 14 research groups from 8 autonomous communities. REDISSEC is aware of its potential in terms of capacity building in health services research on chronic diseases; however, REDISSEC is also aware of the numerous research questions and knowledge gaps that will require an additional networking strategy, at national and international level.