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  1. South Africa is considered to have the highest prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) globally. Nevertheless, the extent to which the South African government has responded to the high FASD preva...

    Authors: Babatope O. Adebiyi, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang and Anna-Marie Beytell

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:46

    Content type: Research

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  2. Priority-setting partnerships between researchers and stakeholders (meaning consumers, health professionals and health decision-makers) may improve research relevance and value. The Cochrane Consumers and Comm...

    Authors: Anneliese J. Synnot, Allison Tong, Peter Bragge, Dianne Lowe, Jack S. Nunn, Molly O’Sullivan, Lidia Horvat, Debra Kay, Davina Ghersi, Steve McDonald, Naomi Poole, Noni Bourke, Natasha A. Lannin, Danny Vadasz, Sandy Oliver, Karen Carey…

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:45

    Content type: Research

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  3. Accountability is increasingly being demanded of public services and is a core aspect of most recent frameworks of health system strengthening. Community-based accountability is an increasingly used strategy, ...

    Authors: Rakhal Gaitonde, V. R. Muraleedharan, Miguel San Sebastian and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:44

    Content type: Research

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  4. Racism is difficult to discuss in the context of Swedish healthcare for various cultural and administrative reasons. Herein, we interpret the fragmentary nature of the evidence of racialising processes and the...

    Authors: Hannah Bradby, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Sarah Hamed and Beth Maina Ahlberg

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:43

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  5. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health challenge worldwide. Implementing policies to cope with this challenge requires commitment from all stakeholders at various levels, and all necessary ...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Hasan Abolghasem Gorji, Aziz Rezapour, Alireza Rezvanian, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi and Soudabeh Vatankhah

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:42

    Content type: Research

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  6. Evidence generation partnerships between researchers and policy-makers are a potential method for producing more relevant research with greater potential to impact on policy and practice. Little is known about...

    Authors: Anna Williamson, Hannah Tait, Fadi El Jardali, Luke Wolfenden, Sarah Thackway, Jessica Stewart, Lyndal O’Leary and Julie Dixon

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:41

    Content type: Research

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  7. Research shows a significant gap between healthcare research and evidence-based healthcare policy and practice. Knowledge translation (KT) has an important role in addressing this gap by bolstering evidence-in...

    Authors: Denise Thomson, Stephanie Brooks, Megan Nuspl and Lisa Hartling

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:40

    Content type: Research

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  8. In April 2016, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) hosted an innovative, 2-day conference called Praxis 2016. RHI aimed to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to develop solutions for overcoming the cha...

    Authors: Heather L. Gainforth, Kristy Baxter, Justine Baron, Emilie Michalovic, Jeffrey G. Caron and Shane N. Sweet

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:39

    Content type: Research

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  9. Contextualising evidence to inform policy-making is increasingly recognised as key to developing and implementing effective health policies. Creating a one-stop shop for evidence is an approach that can facili...

    Authors: Chigozie Jesse Uneke, Etienne V. Langlois, Henry C. Uro-Chukwu, Jeremiah Chukwu and Abdul Ghaffar

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:38

    Content type: Research

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  10. Those running well-organised health research systems are likely to be alert for ways in which they might increase the quality of the services they provide and address any problems identified. This is important...

    Authors: Rebecca Moran, Jennifer Butt, Simon Heller, Jeremy Hinks, Lynn Kerridge, Mark Samuels and Stephen Hanney

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:37

    Content type: Opinion

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  11. High-quality evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness is rarely available and relevant for health policy decisions in low-resource settings. In such situations, innovative approaches are needed to gene...

    Authors: Regis Hitimana, Lars Lindholm, Ingrid Mogren, Gunilla Krantz, Manasse Nzayirambaho, Jean-Paul Semasaka Sengoma and Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brännström

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:36

    Content type: Research

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  12. Event-based social media monitoring and pathogen whole genome sequencing (WGS) will enhance communicable disease surveillance research and systems. If linked electronically and scanned systematically, the info...

    Authors: Chris Degeling, Jane Johnson and Gwendolyn L. Gilbert

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:35

    Content type: Research

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  13. There is a growing body of research on the role of social accountability in bringing about more accessible and better-quality healthcare. Here, we refer to social accountability as “citizens’ efforts at ongoing m...

    Authors: Victoria Boydell, Heather McMullen, Joanna Cordero, Petrus Steyn and James Kiare

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:34

    Content type: Commentary

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  14. Every healthcare encounter involves some form of communication and there is growing recognition that effective health communication is central to the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare. Conversely, poor...

    Authors: Rebecca Ryan and Sophie Hill

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:32

    Content type: Commentary

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  15. In Victoria, Australia, emergency calls requesting an ambulance have been increasing at a rate higher than population growth. While most of these calls are for genuine emergencies, many do not require an immed...

    Authors: Kim Borg, Breanna Wright, Liz Sannen, David Dumas, Tony Walker and Peter Bragge

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:31

    Content type: Research

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  16. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes a large number of deaths annually worldwide. Policies play an important role in regulating healthcare agendas and prioritising of health-related issues. Understanding t...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Hasan Abolghasem Gorji, Aziz Rezapour and Nicola Luigi Bragazzi

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:30

    Content type: Research

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  17. As India’s accredited social health activist (ASHA) community health worker (CHW) programme enters its second decade, we take stock of the research undertaken and whether it examines the health systems interfa...

    Authors: Kerry Scott, Asha S. George and Rajani R. Ved

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:29

    Content type: Review

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  18. The successful initiation of people living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in South Africa fomented challenges of poor retention in care and suboptimal adherence to medication. Following evidence of...

    Authors: Ferdinand C. Mukumbang, Zaida Orth and Brian van Wyk

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:28

    Content type: Review

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  19. Within the context of the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally, there is limited evidence on how researchers have explored the response to chronic health needs in the context of health p...

    Authors: Lana Meiqari, Tammam Al-Oudat, Dirk Essink, Fedde Scheele and Pamela Wright

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:27

    Content type: Review

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  20. There is increased interest in using narratives or storytelling to influence health policies. We aimed to systematically review the evidence on the use of narratives to impact the health policy-making process.

    Authors: Racha Fadlallah, Fadi El-Jardali, Mohamed Nomier, Nour Hemadi, Khurram Arif, Etienne V. Langlois and Elie A. Akl

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:26

    Content type: Review

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  21. Although research participants are generally interested in receiving results from studies in which they participate, health researchers rarely communicate study findings to participants. The present study was ...

    Authors: Christopher R. Long, Rachel S. Purvis, Elizabeth Flood-Grady, Kim S. Kimminau, Robert L. Rhyne, Mark R. Burge, M. Kathryn Stewart, Amy J. Jenkins, Laura P. James and Pearl A. McElfish

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:25

    Content type: Research

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  22. The persistence of health inequities is a wicked problem for which there is strong evidence of causal roots in the maldistribution of power, resources and money within and between countries. Though the evidenc...

    Authors: Katrina Marie Plamondon and Julia Pemberton

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:24

    Content type: Review

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  23. There are an estimated 80,100 female sex workers (FSWs) in Ukraine, of whom 7% are living with HIV. Early HIV diagnosis continues to be a public health priority in Ukraine as only approximately 54% of people l...

    Authors: Anna Tokar, Jacob Osborne, Kateryna Slobodianiuk, Dirk Essink, Jeffrey V. Lazarus and Jacqueline E. W. Broerse

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:23

    Content type: Research

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  24. To progress towards universal health coverage (UHC), each country will have to develop its systemic learning capacity. This study aims at documenting how, across time, learning can feed into a UHC policy proce...

    Authors: E. Akhnif, J. Macq and Bruno Meessen

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:21

    Content type: Research

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  25. Fragility can have a negative effect on health systems and people’s health, and poses considerable challenges for actors implementing health programmes. However, how such programmes, in turn, affect the overal...

    Authors: Séverine Erismann, Sibel Gürler, Verena Wieland, Helen Prytherch, Nino Künzli, Jürg Utzinger and Bernadette Peterhans

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:20

    Content type: Research

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  26. The English National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network first established Hyperacute Stroke Research Centres (HSRCs) in 2010 to support multicentre hyperacute (< 9 h) and complex stroke re...

    Authors: Thompson G. Robinson, Xia Wang, Alice C. Durham, Gary A. Ford, Joy Liao, Sine Littlewood, Christine Roffe, Philip White, John Chalmers and Craig S. Anderson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:19

    Content type: Research

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  27. Health system expenditure on cancer drugs is rising rapidly in many OECD countries given the costly new treatments and increased rates of use due to a growing and ageing population. These factors put considera...

    Authors: Colene Bentley, Stuart Peacock, Julia Abelson, Michael M. Burgess, Olivier Demers-Payette, Holly Longstaff, Laura Tripp, John N. Lavis and Michael G. Wilson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:17

    Content type: Research

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  28. The need for research-based knowledge to inform health policy formulation and implementation is a chronic global concern impacting health systems functioning and impeding the provision of quality healthcare fo...

    Authors: Amanda Edwards, Virginia Zweigenthal and Jill Olivier

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:16

    Content type: Review

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  29. Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an intersectoral approach that facilitates decision-making among policy-makers to maximise positive health impacts of other public policies. Kenya, as a member of WHO, has comm...

    Authors: Joy Mauti, Lara Gautier, Jan-Walter De Neve, Claudia Beiersmann, Jale Tosun and Albrecht Jahn

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:15

    Content type: Research

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  30. This paper describes the trial of a novel intervention, Supporting Policy In health with evidence from Research: an Intervention Trial (SPIRIT). It examines (1) the feasibility of delivering this kind of progr...

    Authors: Anna Williamson, Daniel Barker, Sally Green, Catherine D’Este, Huw T. O. Davies, Louisa Jorm, Anthony Shakeshaft, Sian Rudge and Sally Redman

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:14

    Content type: Research

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  31. Tobacco use and road traffic injuries are major public health problems in Turkey. During the last decade, the former issue received political priority in the country, while the latter did not despite the immen...

    Authors: Connie Hoe, Daniela C. Rodriguez, Yeşim Üzümcüoğlu and Adnan A. Hyder

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:13

    Content type: Research

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  32. Evidence-informed Decision-making in Nutrition and Health (EVIDENT) is an international partnership that seeks to identify information needs in nutrition and health in Africa and build local capacity in knowle...

    Authors: Pankti Motani, Anais Van de Walle, Richmond Aryeetey and Roosmarijn Verstraeten

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:12

    Content type: Research

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  33. Globally, good health system performance has resulted from continuous reform, including adaptation of Decentralisation by Devolution policies, for example, the Direct Health Facility Financing (DHFF). Generall...

    Authors: Ntuli A. Kapologwe, Albino Kalolo, Stephen M. Kibusi, Zainab Chaula, Anna Nswilla, Thomas Teuscher, Kyaw Aung and Josephine Borghi

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:11

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  34. While the European Union is striving to become the ‘Innovation Union’, there remains a lack of quantifiable indicators to compare and benchmark regional innovation clusters. To address this issue, a HealthTIES...

    Authors: Laurel D. Edmunds, Silvia Gluderer, Pavel V. Ovseiko, Roel Kamerling, Jacqueline Ton, Laura Vis, Mario Jenni, Gregory Tutton, Helen Lawton-Smith, Márta Völgyiné Nadabán, Máté Rab, Jon Rees, John Anson, Alexander D. Rushforth, Maxine Allen, Alastair M. Buchan…

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:10

    Content type: Research

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  35. All health systems struggle to meet health needs within constrained resources. This is especially true for low-income countries. It is critical that they can learn from wider contexts in order to improve their...

    Authors: Sophie Witter, Ian Anderson, Peter Annear, Abiodun Awosusi, Nitin N. Bhandari, Nouria Brikci, Blandine Binachon, Tata Chanturidze, Katherine Gilbert, Charity Jensen, Tomas Lievens, Barbara McPake, Snehashish Raichowdhury and Alex Jones

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:9

    Content type: Research

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  36. The current scholarly focus on implementation science is meant to ensure that public health interventions are effectively embedded in their settings. Part of this conversation includes understanding how to sup...

    Authors: David Roger Walugembe, Shannon Sibbald, Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Anita Kothari

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:8

    Content type: Commentary

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  37. The late 1990s and early 2000s have seen a growth in north–south health research partnerships resulting from scientific developments such as those in genetic studies and development of statistical techniques a...

    Authors: Tulani Francis L. Matenga, Joseph Mumba Zulu, J. Hope Corbin and Oliver Mweemba

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:7

    Content type: Research

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  38. Currently, thanks to the growing number of public database resources, most evidence on planning and management, healthcare institutions, policies and practices is becoming available to everyone. However, one o...

    Authors: Mireya Martínez-García, Maite Vallejo, Enrique Hernández-Lemus and Jorge Alberto Álvarez-Díaz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:6

    Content type: Research

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  39. Newer technologies, such as smartphones and social networking sites, offer new opportunities for health promotion interventions. There is evidence to show that these technologies can be effectively and accepta...

    Authors: Cassandra J. C. Wright, Joanna Schwarzman, Paul M. Dietze, Belinda Crockett and Megan S. C. Lim

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:5

    Content type: Research

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  40. Several studies on decentralisation have used the ‘decision space’ approach to assess the breadth of space made available to decision-makers at lower levels of the health system. However, in order to better un...

    Authors: Harvy Joy Liwanag and Kaspar Wyss

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:4

    Content type: Research

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  41. Policy- and decision-makers seek to improve the quality of care in the health sector and therefore aim to improve quality through appropriate policies. Higher quality of care will satisfy service providers and...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Morteza Arab-Zozani, Ahad Bakhtiari, Meysam Behzadifar, Tina Beyranvand, Negar Yousefzadeh, Samad Azari, Haniye Sadat Sajadi, Mandana Saki, Maryam Saran and Hasan Abolghasem Gorji

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:3

    Content type: Review

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  42. Immunisation is a cost-effective and highly efficacious public health intervention, saving over 20 million lives in the last two decades due to decreases in childhood bacterial infections. In the Lao People’s ...

    Authors: Vanphanom Sychareun, Lucy Rowlands, Phoutsomphong Vilay, Jo Durham and Alison Morgan

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:2

    Content type: Research

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  43. Innovative approaches are needed to maximise the uptake and sustainment of evidence-based practices in a variety of health service contexts. This protocol describes a study that will seek to characterise the p...

    Authors: Alex R. Dopp, Kathryn E. Parisi, Sean A. Munson and Aaron R. Lyon

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:1

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  44. Despite calls for the application of complex systems science in empirical studies of health promotion, there are very few examples. The aim of this paper was to use a complex systems approach to examine the ke...

    Authors: Lori Baugh Littlejohns, Fran Baum, Angela Lawless and Toby Freeman

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:126

    Content type: Research

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  45. A better understanding of the conditions under which performance indicators can be used to improve accountability for outcomes and promote quality improvement could help policy-makers develop more effective pe...

    Authors: Karen Gardner, Sue Olney and Helen Dickinson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:125

    Content type: Opinion

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  46. The complexity and increasing burden of zoonotic diseases create challenges for the health systems of developing nations. Public health systems must therefore be prepared to face existing and future disease th...

    Authors: Sandul Yasobant, Walter Bruchhausen, Deepak Saxena and Timo Falkenberg

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:124

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  47. Implementing research findings into healthcare policy is an enduring challenge made even more difficult when policies must be developed and implemented with the help and support of multiple ideas, agendas and ...

    Authors: Pernelle Smits, Jean-Louis Denis, Johanne Préval, Evert Lindquist and Miguel Aguirre

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2018 16:122

    Content type: Commentary

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