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  1. Meetings and conferences are often used as a tool to disseminate information, network with colleagues, and/or set direction for a field of study, but there is little evidence to support whether such events ach...

    Authors: Justin Neves, John N Lavis, Ulysses Panisset and Markus Hultstrand Klint
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:14
  2. National Research for Health Systems (NRfHS) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have shown growth and consolidation in the last few years. A structured, organized system will facilitate the development a...

    Authors: Francisco Becerra-Posada, Miryam Minayo, Cristiane Quental and Sylvia de Haan
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:13
  3. One of the most common reasons for rejecting research proposals in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme is the failure to adequately specify...

    Authors: Hannah Dorling, Donna White, Sheila Turner, Kevin Campbell and Tara Lamont
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:12
  4. Despite increasing investment in health research capacity strengthening efforts in low and middle income countries, published evidence to guide the systematic design and monitoring of such interventions is ver...

    Authors: Imelda Bates, Alan Boyd, Helen Smith and Donald C Cole
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:11
  5. There is no standard way of describing the complexities of allied health (AH) care, or its quality. AH is an umbrella term which excludes medicine and nursing, and variably includes disciplines which provide t...

    Authors: Karen Grimmer, Lucylynn Lizarondo, Saravana Kumar, Erica Bell, Michael Buist and Philip Weinstein
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:10
  6. Over the past decade, substantial global investment has been made to support health systems and policy research (HSPR), with considerable resources allocated to training. In Canada, signs point to a larger and...

    Authors: Agnes Grudniewicz, Lindsay Hedden, Seija Kromm, Ruth Lavergne, Matthew Menear and Saskia Sivananthan
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:9
  7. It often remains unclear to investigators how their research contributes to the work of the commissioner. We initiated the ‘Risk Model’ case study to gain insight into how a Dutch National Institute for Public...

    Authors: Ingrid Hegger, Susan WJ Janssen, Jolanda FEM Keijsers, Albertine J Schuit and Hans AM van Oers
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:8
  8. Ensuring that data collected through national health information systems are of sufficient quality for meaningful interpretation is a challenge in many resource-limited countries. An assessment was conducted t...

    Authors: Jenny H Ledikwe, Jessica Grignon, Refeletswe Lebelonyane, Steven Ludick, Ellah Matshediso, Baraedi W Sento, Anjali Sharma and Bazghina-werq Semo
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:7
  9. Networks are increasingly regarded as essential in health research aimed at influencing practice and policies. Less research has focused on the role networking can play in researchers’ careers and its broader ...

    Authors: Lindsey M Lenters, Donald C Cole and Paula Godoy-Ruiz
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:5
  10. Bibliometric studies are increasingly being used for research assessment by involving the application of statistical methods to scientific publications to obtain the bibliographics for each country. The main o...

    Authors: Sa’ed H Zyoud, Samah W Al-Jabi, Waleed M Sweileh and Rahmat Awang
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:4
  11. The key to universal coverage in tuberculosis (TB) management lies in community participation and empowerment of the population. Social infrastructure development generates social capital and addresses the cru...

    Authors: Shivani Chandra, Nandini Sharma, Kulanand Joshi, Nishi Aggarwal and Anjur Tupil Kannan
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:3
  12. Knowledge translation platforms (KTPs), which are partnerships between policymakers, stakeholders, and researchers, are being established in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to enhance evidence-informe...

    Authors: Fadi El-Jardali, John Lavis, Kaelan Moat, Tomas Pantoja and Nour Ataya
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:2
  13. In 2006, the first edition of a monitoring tool for the performance of the Dutch health care system was released: the Dutch Health Care Performance Report (DHCPR). The Netherlands was among the first countries...

    Authors: Michael J van den Berg, Dionne S Kringos, Lisanne K Marks and Niek S Klazinga
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2014 12:1
  14. The World Health Report 2013 provides a major boost to the health research community and, in particular, to those who believe that health research will make its greatest impact on improving health when it is o...

    Authors: Stephen R Hanney and Miguel A González-Block
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:47
  15. Health research capacity strengthening (RCS) projects are often complex and hard to evaluate. In order to inform health RCS evaluation efforts, we aimed to describe and compare key characteristics of existing ...

    Authors: Alan Boyd, Donald C Cole, Dan-Bi Cho, Garry Aslanyan and Imelda Bates
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:46
  16. The present study focuses on the program “Medical Insurance for the Poor (MIP)” in Georgia. Under this program, the government purchased coverage from private insurance companies for vulnerable households iden...

    Authors: Akaki Zoidze, Natia Rukhazde, Ketevan Chkhatarashvili and George Gotsadze
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:45
  17. Undertaking HIV research in the culturally diverse Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) requires careful consideration of social, cultural and religious beliefs and practices. Here, we share a detailed des...

    Authors: Rachael Tommbe, David J MacLaren, Michelle L Redman-MacLaren, Tracie A Mafile’o, Lester Asugeni and William John H McBride
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:44
  18. The aim of this study was to assess the status of knowledge translation (KT) in Iranian medical science universities in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the most important organizations responsi...

    Authors: Jaleh Gholami, Sharareh Ahghari, Abbas Motevalian, Vahid Yousefinejad, Ghobad Moradi, Abbasali Keshtkar, Ali Alami, Saeideh Mazloomzadeh, Mohammad Masoud Vakili, Reza Chaman, Bahman Salehi, Omid Fazelzadeh and Reza Majdzadeh
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:43
  19. Building research capacity in Indigenous health has been recognised as integral in efforts to reduce the significant health disparities between Indigenous and other Australian populations. The past few decades...

    Authors: Alice R Rumbold, Joan Cunningham, Brydie Purbrick and Jenny M Lewis
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:42
  20. Sichuan is a province in China with an extensive history of earthquakes. Recent earthquakes, including the Lushan earthquake in 2013, have resulted in thousands of people losing their homes and their families....

    Authors: Ying Liang and Xiukun Wang
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:41
  21. In 2011, Malawi initiated an ambitious program for the prevention of maternal to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, called 'Option B+,’ which employs a universal test and life-long treatment strategy for all p...

    Authors: Megan Landes, Monique van Lettow, Fabian Cataldo, Adrienne K Chan, Beth Tippett Barr, Anthony D Harries and Richard Bedell
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:40
  22. Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people that interact regularly to deepen their knowledge on a specific topic. Thanks to information and communication technologies, CoPs can involve experts distrib...

    Authors: Maria Paola Bertone, Bruno Meessen, Guy Clarysse, David Hercot, Allison Kelley, Yamba Kafando, Isabelle Lange, Jérôme Pfaffmann, Valéry Ridde, Isidore Sieleunou and Sophie Witter
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:39
  23. Continued inequities in coverage, low quality of care, and high out-of-pocket expenses for health services threaten attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in many sub-Saharan African countries. Exi...

    Authors: Jerry Okal, Lucy Kanya, Francis Obare, Rebecca Njuki, Timothy Abuya, Teresah Bange, Charlotte Warren, Ian Askew and Ben Bellows
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:38
  24. To identify priority policy issues in access to medicines (ATM) relevant for low- and middle-income countries, to identify research questions that would help address these policy issues, and to prioritize thes...

    Authors: Maryam Bigdeli, Dena Javadi, Joelle Hoebert, Richard Laing and Kent Ranson
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:37
  25. Although universal health coverage (UHC) is a global health policy priority, there remains limited evidence on UHC reforms in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This paper provides an overview of key in...

    Authors: Di McIntyre, Michael K Ranson, Bhupinder K Aulakh and Ayako Honda
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:36
  26. An assessment of the state of the Research for Health (R4H) environment can provide relevant information about what aspects of national health research systems needs strengthening, so that research output can ...

    Authors: Issiaka Sombié, Jude Aidam, Blahima Konaté, Télesphore D Somé and Stanislas Sansan Kambou
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:35
  27. This paper explores the implementation and sustenance of universal health coverage (UHC) in Costa Rica, discussing the development of a social security scheme that covered 5% of the population in 1940, to one ...

    Authors: Juan Rafael Vargas and Jorine Muiser
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:28
  28. India’s health expenditure is met mostly by households through out-of-pocket (OOP) payments at the time of illness. To protect poor families, the Indian government launched a national health insurance scheme (...

    Authors: Narayanan Devadasan, Tanya Seshadri, Mayur Trivedi and Bart Criel
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:29
  29. Public-private collaborations are increasingly being utilized to universalize health care. In Malawi, the Ministry of Health contracts selected health facilities owned by the main faith-based provider, the Chr...

    Authors: Maureen L Chirwa, Isabel Kazanga, Giulia Faedo and Stephen Thomas
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:27
  30. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were previously considered to only affect high-income countries. However, they now account for a very large burden in terms of both mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-i...

    Authors: Hyacinthe Tchewonpi Kankeu, Priyanka Saksena, Ke Xu and David B Evans
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:31
  31. Attention is increasingly directed to bridging the gap between the production of knowledge and its use for health decision-making in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). An important and underdeveloped ar...

    Authors: Adam D Koon, Krishna D Rao, Nhan T Tran and Abdul Ghaffar
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:30
  32. Empirical evidence demonstrates that the Thai Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) has improved equity of health financing and provided a relatively high level of financial risk protection. Several UCS design featu...

    Authors: Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Siriwan Pitayarangsarit, Walaiporn Patcharanarumol, Phusit Prakongsai, Hathaichanok Sumalee, Jiraboon Tosanguan and Anne Mills
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:25
  33. Australia’s commitment to consumer and community participation in health and medical research has grown over the past decade. Participatory research models of engagement are the most empowering for consumers.

    Authors: Heather M Jones, Anne McKenzie, Sue Miers, Elizabeth Russell, Rochelle E Watkins, Janet M Payne, Lorian Hayes, Maureen Carter, Heather D’Antoine, Jane Latimer, Amanda Wilkins, Raewyn C Mutch, Lucinda Burns, James P Fitzpatrick, Jane Halliday, Colleen M O’Leary…
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:26
  34. In 2010, the Ministry of Health in Zambia developed the National Community Health Assistant strategy, aiming to integrate community health workers (CHWs) into national health plans by creating a new group of w...

    Authors: Joseph Mumba Zulu, John Kinsman, Charles Michelo and Anna-Karin Hurtig
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:24
  35. Unsafe abortion is a major public health problem in Ghana; despite its liberal abortion law, access to safe, legal abortion in public health facilities is limited. Theory is often neglected as a tool for provi...

    Authors: Patience Aniteye and Susannah H Mayhew
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:23
  36. Acute respiratory infections remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Sierra Leone; however, similar to other African countries, little is known regarding the contribution of influenza. Routine inf...

    Authors: Senait Kebede, Ishata N Conteh, Christoph A Steffen, Katelijn Vandemaele, Isata Wurie, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, Fredson Kuti-George, Foday Dafae, Amara Jambai, Ali Ahmed Yahaya and Francis Chisaka Kasolo
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:22
  37. The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), a compulsory formal sector scheme took over the management of the Community Health Fund (CHF), a voluntary informal sector scheme, in 2009. This study assesses the or...

    Authors: Josephine Borghi, Stephen Maluka, August Kuwawenaruwa, Suzan Makawia, Juma Tantau, Gemini Mtei, Mariam Ally and Jane Macha
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:21
  38. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Nigeria was launched in 2005 as part of efforts by the federal government to achieve universal coverage using financial risk protection mechanisms. However, only ...

    Authors: Chima A Onoka, Obinna E Onwujekwe, Benjamin S Uzochukwu and Nkoli N Ezumah
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:20
  39. The DECIDE framework was developed to support evidence-informed health system decisions through evidence summaries tailored to health policymakers. The objective of this study was to determine policymakers’ pe...

    Authors: Joshua P Vogel, Andrew D Oxman, Claire Glenton, Sarah Rosenbaum, Simon Lewin, A Metin Gülmezoglu and João Paulo Souza
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:19
  40. Whether and how research training programs contribute to research network development is underexplored. The Fogarty International Center (FIC) has supported overseas research training programs for over two dec...

    Authors: Ligia Paina, Freddie Ssengooba, Douglas Waswa, James M M’Imunya and Sara Bennett
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:18
  41. Regardless of worries over clinical research and various initiatives to overcome problems, few quantitative data on the numbers and type of clinical research exist. This article aims to describe the volume and...

    Authors: Elina Hemminki, Jorma Virtanen, Piret Veerus and Elena Regushevskaya
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:17
  42. In 2007 Timor-Leste, a malaria endemic country, changed its Malaria Treatment Protocol for uncomplicated falciparum malaria from sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine to artemether-lumefantrine. The change in treatment p...

    Authors: João S Martins, Anthony B Zwi, Karen Hobday, Fernando Bonaparte and Paul M Kelly
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:16
  43. This article reports on the impact assessment experience of a funding program of non-commercial clinical and health services research. The aim was to assess the level of implementation of results from a subgro...

    Authors: Maite Solans-Domènech, Paula Adam, Imma Guillamón, Gaietà Permanyer-Miralda, Joan MV Pons and Joan Escarrabill
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:15
  44. In many parts of the developing world, rural health requires focused policy attention, informed by reliable, representative health data. Yet there is surprisingly little published material to guide health rese...

    Authors: Marisa Casale, Tyler Lane, Lebo Sello, Caroline Kuo and Lucie Cluver
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:14
  45. Significant emphasis is currently placed on the need to enhance health care decision-making with research-derived evidence. While much has been written on specific strategies to enable these “knowledge-to-acti...

    Authors: C Nadine Wathen, Jennifer CD MacGregor, Shannon L Sibbald and Harriet L MacMillan
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:13
  46. The National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service (NIHR RDS) was set up to increase the number and proportion of high quality applications for funding for applied and patient focused health a...

    Authors: Gill Green and Melanie Rein
    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2013 11:12