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  1. National and provincial funding was invested to increase the quantity and quality of patient-oriented research (POR) across Canada. Capacity development became a priority to ensure all stakeholders were prepar...

    Authors: Melanie King Rosario, Marilynne A. Hebert, Balreen Kaur Sahota and Dean Eurich

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:89

    Content type: Research

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  2. The opioid epidemic in the United States has had a devastating impact on millions of people as well as on their families and communities. The increased prevalence of opioid misuse, use disorder and overdose in...

    Authors: Mohammad S. Jalali, Michael Botticelli, Rachael C. Hwang, Howard K. Koh and R. Kathryn McHugh

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:88

    Content type: Commentary

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    The original article was published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:87

  3. The prevalence of opioid use and misuse has provoked a staggering number of deaths over the past two and a half decades. Much attention has focused on individual risks according to various characteristics and ...

    Authors: Mohammad S. Jalali, Michael Botticelli, Rachael C. Hwang, Howard K. Koh and R. Kathryn McHugh

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:87

    Content type: Commentary

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    The original article was published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:88

  4. In 2009, Alberta Health Services (AHS) became Canada’s first and largest fully integrated healthcare system, involving the amalgamation of nine regional health authorities and three provincial services. Within...

    Authors: Anna M. Auer, Patricia Hanson, Barbara Brady-Fryer, Julie Alati-it and Allison L. Johnson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:86

    Content type: Research

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  5. Learning is increasingly seen as an essential component to spur progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, learning remains an elusive concept, with ...

    Authors: Joël Arthur Kiendrébéogo, Manuela De Allegri and Bruno Meessen

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:85

    Content type: Commentary

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  6. Following a knowledge management analysis, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – a medical humanitarian non-governmental organisation (NGO) – identified significant loss of medical knowledge from the field, owing p...

    Authors: Marta A. Balinska and Richard A. Watts

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:84

    Content type: Research

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  7. The importance of engaging stakeholders in the research process is well recognised. Whilst engagement is important, guidelines and practices vary for how stakeholders should be involved in research and how to ...

    Authors: Yvonne Laird, Jillian Manner, Louise Baldwin, Ruth Hunter, John McAteer, Sarah Rodgers, Chloë Williamson and Ruth Jepson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:83

    Content type: Research

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  8. The prevalence of mental health disorders is increasing globally. Countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East regions carry high burdens of mental health need; however, there are relatively few...

    Authors: Tulsi A. Malavia, Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, Triptish Bhatia, Ibtihal M. A. Ibrahim, Hader Mansour, Maribeth Wesesky, Joel Wood, Smita N. Deshpande and Mary Hawk

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:82

    Content type: Research

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  9. The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex global public health crisis presenting clinical, organisational and system-wide challenges. Different research perspectives on health are needed in order to manage and monito...

    Authors: D. Kringos, F. Carinci, E. Barbazza, V. Bos, K. Gilmore, O. Groene, L. Gulácsi, D. Ivankovic, T. Jansen, S. P. Johnsen, S. de Lusignan, J. Mainz, S. Nuti and N. Klazinga

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:80

    Content type: Commentary

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  10. Health policy and systems research (HPSR) is an inherently cross-disciplinary field of investigation. However, conflicting conceptualisations about inter-, multi- and transdisciplinary research have contribute...

    Authors: Gordon Dugle, Joseph Kwame Wulifan, John Paul Tanyeh and Wilm Quentin

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:79

    Content type: Review

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  11. Evidence-based decision-making is crucial to leadership in the health sector to identify country-level priorities and generate solutions supported by rigorous research. Barriers and enablers have been explored...

    Authors: Meike J. Schleiff, Alice Kuan and Abdul Ghaffar

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:78

    Content type: Research

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  12. Midwives’ roles in sexual and reproductive health and rights continues to evolve. Understanding the profession’s role and how midwives can be integrated into health systems is essential in creating evidence-in...

    Authors: Cristina A. Mattison, John N. Lavis, Michael G. Wilson, Eileen K. Hutton and Michelle L. Dion

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:77

    Content type: Research

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  13. Big data (BD) informs nearly every aspect of our lives and, in health research, is the foundation for basic discovery and its tailored translation into healthcare. Yet, as new data resources and citizen/patien...

    Authors: Shira Grayson, Megan Doerr and Joon-Ho Yu

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:76

    Content type: Research

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  14. Without adequate reporting of research, valuable time and resources are wasted. In the same vein, adequate reporting of practice guidelines to optimise patient care is equally important. Our study examines the...

    Authors: Xiaoqin Wang, Qi Zhou, Yaolong Chen, Nan Yang, Kevin Pottie, Yujie Xiao, Yajing Tong, Liang Yao, Qi Wang, Kehu Yang and Susan L. Norris

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:75

    Content type: Research

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  15. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are designed to improve the quality of care and reduce unjustified individual variation in clinical practice. Knowledge of the barriers and facilitators that influence the i...

    Authors: Verónica Ciro Correa, Luz Helena Lugo-Agudelo, Daniel Camilo Aguirre-Acevedo, Jesús Alberto Plata Contreras, Ana María Posada Borrero, Daniel F. Patiño-Lugo and Dolly Andrea Castaño Valencia

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:74

    Content type: Review

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  16. Demographic changes in the pattern of disease burden, escalating health expenditures and inequitable access to healthcare are global challenges. Irrespective of their level of development, all countries need t...

    Authors: Shuhei Nomura, Vera Siesjö, Göran Tomson, Wiebke Mohr, Eriko Fukuchi, Kenji Shibuya, Viroj Tangcharoensathien and Hiroaki Miyata

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:73

    Content type: Review

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  17. Health research is important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, there are many challenges facing health research, including securing sufficient funds, building capacity, produci...

    Authors: Stephen R. Hanney, Lucy Kanya, Subhash Pokhrel, Teresa H. Jones and Annette Boaz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:72

    Content type: Opinion

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  18. Increasingly, WHO recommendations are defined by context-specific factors and WHO is developing strategies to ensure that recommendations are successfully adapted and implemented at country level. This manuscr...

    Authors: Maria Barreix, Theresa A. Lawrie, Nancy Kidula, Fatim Tall, Maurice Bucagu, Ram Chahar and Özge Tunçalp

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:70

    Content type: Research

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  19. Providing funding for clinicians to have protected time to undertake research can address a commonly cited barrier to research – lack of time. However, limited research has evaluated the impact or mechanisms o...

    Authors: Joanne Hilder, Sharon Mickan, Christy Noble, Kelly A. Weir and Rachel Wenke

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:71

    Content type: Research

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  20. In Brazil, governmental and non-governmental organisations develop practice guidelines (PGs) in order to optimise patient care. Although important improvements have been made over the past years, many of these...

    Authors: Verônica Colpani, Sérgio Candido Kowalski, Airton Tetelbom Stein, Anna Maria Buehler, Daniel Zanetti, Gabriel Côrtes, Edison Vieira de Melo Junior, Jorgiany Emerick Ebeidalla, Natiela Beatriz de Oliveira, Renata Leborato Guerra, Sarah Nascimento Silva, Bruce B. Duncan, Maicon Falavigna and Holger Jens Schünemann

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:69

    Content type: Commentary

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  21. The introduction of the determinants of health has caused a shift towards understanding health from a holistic perspective as well as increased recognition of public health’s contributions to the health of the...

    Authors: Tamika Jarvis, Fran Scott, Fadi El-Jardali and Elizabeth Alvarez

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:68

    Content type: Research

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  22. The calls for increased numbers of researchers in rural health are growing. To meet this demand, training is needed. If training is to be effective, the value placed on research, the organisational need for re...

    Authors: David Schmidt, Jill Reyment, Emma Webster, Sue Kirby and David Lyle

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:67

    Content type: Research

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  23. In the international agenda, it has become common to assert that the assessment of health system governance using a practical tool is crucial. This approach can help us better understand how health systems are...

    Authors: Rasha Hamra, Sameen Siddiqi, Emma Carmel and Walid Ammar

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:66

    Content type: Research

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  24. Child health indicators have substantially improved across the last decade, yet Afghanistan has among the highest child stunting and malnutrition rates in Asia. Multisectoral approaches were recently introduce...

    Authors: Christine Kim, Ghulam Farooq Mansoor, Pir Mohammad Paya, Mohammad Homayoun Ludin, Mohammad Javed Ahrar, Mohammad Omar Mashal and Catherine S. Todd

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:65

    Content type: Review

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  25. Embedded approaches to implementation research (IR), whereby health system decision-makers participate actively in the research process, are gaining traction as effective approaches to optimise the delivery of...

    Authors: N. Ilona Varallyay, Etienne V. Langlois, Nhan Tran, Vanesa Elias and Ludovic Reveiz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:64

    Content type: Research

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  26. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) collect and generate vast amounts of potentially rich data, most of which are not used for research purposes. Secondary analysis of NGO data (their use and analysis in a s...

    Authors: Sarah C. Masefield, Alice Megaw, Matt Barlow, Piran C. L. White, Henrice Altink and Jean Grugel

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:63

    Content type: Review

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  27. Policy is one of the levers for initiating structural change to foster the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). To this end, policy-makers have to deal with complex ecosystems embedded in sp...

    Authors: A. Noël Racine, J. M. Garbarino, K. Corrion, F. D’Arripe-Longueville, B. Massiera and A. Vuillemin

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:62

    Content type: Research

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  28. It is often said that it takes 17 years to move medical research from bench to bedside. In a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) world, such time-lags feel intolerable. In these extraordinary circumstances could ye...

    Authors: Stephen R. Hanney, Steven Wooding, Jon Sussex and Jonathan Grant

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:61

    Content type: Commentary

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  29. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has the potential to threaten tens of millions of lives and poses major global economic and development challenges. As the AMR threat grows, it is increasingly important to stren...

    Authors: S. Rogers Van Katwyk, S. J. Hoffman, M. Mendelson, M. Taljaard and J. M. Grimshaw

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:60

    Content type: Review

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  30. Scientific journals play a critical role in research validation and dissemination and are increasingly vocal about the identification of research priorities and the targeting of research results to key audienc...

    Authors: Miguel Angel González Block, Juan Arroyo Laguna, Oscar Cetrángolo, Pedro Crocco Ábalos, Ramiro Guerrero, Daniela Riva Knauth, Abdul Ghaffar, Patricia Pavón León, María del Rocío Saénz, Rosanna González McQuire, Beatriz Martínez Zavala and Emilio Gutiérrez Calderón

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:59

    Content type: Research

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  31. Expanding healthcare innovations from the local to national level is a complex pursuit requiring careful assessment of all relevant factors. In this study (a component of a larger eConsult programme of researc...

    Authors: Isabella Moroz, Douglas Archibald, Mylaine Breton, Elizabeth Cote-Boileau, Lois Crowe, Tanya Horsley, Lirjie Hyseni, Gina Johar, Erin Keely, Katharina Kovacs Burns, Craig Kuziemsky, Jim Laplante, Ariana Mihan, Luis Oppenheimer, Don Sturge, Delphine S. Tuot…

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:57

    Content type: Research

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  32. Systems thinking is a conceptual approach that can assist stakeholders in understanding complexity and making progress on persistent public health challenges. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a complex glob...

    Authors: Jeffrey Glenn, Kimberly Kamara, Zaiyanatu Abubakar Umar, Teresa Chahine, Nils Daulaire and Thomas Bossert

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:56

    Content type: Research

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  33. Universal health coverage is a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals and quality of care is fundamental to its attainment. In South Africa, the National Health Insurance (NHI) system is a major healt...

    Authors: Immaculate Sabelile Muthathi and Laetitia C. Rispel

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:55

    Content type: Research

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  34. Numerous sub-Saharan African countries have experimented with performance-based financing (PBF) with the goal of improving health system performance. To date, few articles have examined the implementation of t...

    Authors: Abdourahmane Coulibaly, Lara Gautier, Tony Zitti and Valéry Ridde

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:54

    Content type: Research

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  35. Implementation research is increasingly being recognised as an important discipline seeking to maximise the benefits of evidence-based interventions. Although capacity-building efforts are ongoing, there has b...

    Authors: Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Emmanuel Asampong, Edwin Afari, Pascal Launois, Mercy Ackumey, Kwabena Opoku-Mensah, Samuel Dery, Patricia Akweongo, Justice Nonvignon and Moses Aikins

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:53

    Content type: Research

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  36. Conducting research in partnership with stakeholders (e.g. policy-makers, practitioners, organisations, patients) is a promising and popular approach to improving the implementation of research findings in pol...

    Authors: F. Hoekstra, K. J. Mrklas, M. Khan, R. C. McKay, M. Vis-Dunbar, K. M. Sibley, T. Nguyen, I. D. Graham and H. L. Gainforth

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:51

    Content type: Review

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  37. Universal health coverage (UHC) has provided the impetus for the introduction of publicly funded health insurance (PFHI) schemes in the mixed health systems of India and many other low- and middle-income count...

    Authors: Sulakshana Nandi and Helen Schneider

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:50

    Content type: Research

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  38. In rural settings where patients face significant structural barriers to accessing healthcare services, the formal existence of government-provided health coverage does not necessarily translate to meaningful ...

    Authors: Anne Williamson, Lorena Ponce de León, Francisco Rodríguez Garza, Valeria Macías and Hugo Flores Navarro

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:49

    Content type: Research

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  39. Natural experiments are increasingly valued as a way to assess the health impact of health and non-health interventions when planned controlled experimental research designs may be infeasible or inappropriate ...

    Authors: Melanie Crane, Erika Bohn-Goldbaum, Anne Grunseit and Adrian Bauman

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:48

    Content type: Review

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  40. It has been well established that research is not addressing health needs in a balanced way — much more research is conducted on diseases with more burden in high-income countries than on those with more burde...

    Authors: Alfredo Yegros-Yegros, Wouter van de Klippe, Maria Francisca Abad-Garcia and Ismael Rafols

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:47

    Content type: Research

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  41. Internationally, there has been renewed focus on primary healthcare (PHC). PHC revitalisation is one of the mechanisms to emphasise health promotion and prevention. However, it is not always clear who should l...

    Authors: Teurai Rwafa-Ponela, John Eyles, Nicola Christofides and Jane Goudge

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:46

    Content type: Research

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  42. Effective efforts to strengthen health systems need diverse, multi-stakeholder networks working together on complex or ‘wicked’ problems such as prevention and control of chronic diseases, solutions to which g...

    Authors: Jodie Bailie, Alison Frances Laycock, David Peiris, Roxanne Gwendalyn Bainbridge, Veronica Matthews, Frances Clare Cunningham, Kathleen Parker Conte, Seye Abimbola, Megan Elizabeth Passey and Ross Stewart Bailie

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:45

    Content type: Commentary

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  43. This article is a response to Oliver et al.’s Commentary ‘The dark side of coproduction: do the costs outweigh the benefits for health research?’ recently published in Health Research Policy and Systems (2019, 17...

    Authors: Oli Williams, Sophie Sarre, Stan Constantina Papoulias, Sarah Knowles, Glenn Robert, Peter Beresford, Diana Rose, Sarah Carr, Meerat Kaur and Victoria J. Palmer

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:43

    Content type: Commentary

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  44. Despite increasing evidence on health inequalities over the past decades, further efforts to strengthen capacities to produce research on this topic are still urgently needed to inform effective interventions ...

    Authors: Lucinda Cash-Gibson, Matthew Harris, Germán Guerra and Joan Benach

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:42

    Content type: Research

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  45. Evidence-based decision-making for prioritising health is assisted by health technology assessment (HTA) to integrate data on effectiveness, costs and equity to support transparent decisions. Ghana is moving t...

    Authors: Samantha A. Hollingworth, Laura Downey, Francis J. Ruiz, Emmanuel Odame, Lydia Dsane-Selby, Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Justice Nonvignon and Kalipso Chalkidou

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:41

    Content type: Research

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  46. Attention to evidence-informed policy has grown; however, efforts to strengthen the quality and use of evidence are not starting from a blank slate. Changes in health architectures and financing pose different...

    Authors: Anne L. Buffardi and Susan Njambi-Szlapka

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:40

    Content type: Commentary

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