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The SPARK Tool to prioritise questions for systematic reviews in health policy and systems research: development and initial validation

  • Elie A. Akl1, 2, 3,
  • Racha Fadlallah2, 4, 5,
  • Lilian Ghandour6,
  • Ola Kdouh7,
  • Etienne Langlois8,
  • John N. Lavis3, 9, 10, 11,
  • Holger Schünemann3, 12 and
  • Fadi El-Jardali2, 3, 4, 5Email author
Health Research Policy and Systems201715:77

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-017-0242-4

Received: 25 December 2016

Accepted: 16 August 2017

Published: 4 September 2017

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Original Submission
25 Dec 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
7 May 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Stephen Hanney
30 Mar 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - David Wilson
9 Aug 2017 Author responded Author comments - Elie Akl
Resubmission - Version 2
9 Aug 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
Publishing
16 Aug 2017 Editorially accepted
4 Sep 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12961-017-0242-4

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Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut
(2)
Center for Systematic Reviews of Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK), American University of Beirut
(3)
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
(4)
Department of Health Management and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
(5)
Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center, American University of Beirut
(6)
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
(7)
Primary Healthcare Department at the Ministry of Public Health
(8)
Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization
(9)
McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University
(10)
Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University
(11)
Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
(12)
McMaster GRADE Centre and Department of Medicine, McMaster University

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