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Health Research Policy and Systems covers all aspects of the organisation and use of health research – including agenda setting, building health research capacity, and how research as a whole benefits decision makers, practitioners in health and related fields, and society at large.

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Identifying priority technical and context-specific issues in improving the conduct, reporting and use of health economic evaluation in low- and middle-income countries

Health Research Policy and Systems (2018) 16:4

The authors aim to identify the top priority issues that impede the conduct, reporting and use of economic evaluation as well as potential solutions as an input for future research topics by the international Decision Support Initiative and other movements.

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Kathryn Oliver, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Chigozie Jesse Uneke, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria

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We are delighted to announce a Call for Papers for our new thematic series on "The role of the health research system during the COVID-19 epidemic: experiences, challenges and future vision". This will focus on the role of health research systems in the control and management of COVID-19, so that the experiences of countries can be shared with each other and the lessons learned are accessible to all. More details can be found here.

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  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 3.6
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 4.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.804
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.563

    Speed 2023
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