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  1. Content type: Research

    The establishment of international collaborative research partnerships in times of infectious disease outbreaks of international importance has been considered an ethical imperative. Frail health research syst...

    Authors: Julio Arturo Canario Guzmán, Roberto Espinal, Jeannette Báez, Ricardo Elias Melgen, Patricia Antonia Pérez Rosario and Eddys Rafael Mendoza

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:82

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  2. Content type: Research

    The requirements of the health policy and services journals for authors to report their financial and non-financial conflicts of interest (COI) are unclear. The present article aims to assess the requirements ...

    Authors: Assem M. Khamis, Maram B. Hakoum, Lama Bou-Karroum, Joseph R. Habib, Ahmed Ali, Gordon Guyatt, Fadi El-Jardali and Elie A. Akl

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:80

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  3. Content type: Research

    The South African allied health (AH) primary healthcare (PHC) workforce is challenged with the complex rehabilitation needs of escalating patient numbers. The application of evidence-based care using clinical ...

    Authors: J. M. Dizon, K. Grimmer, Q. Louw, S. Machingaidze, H. Parker and H. Pillen

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:79

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  4. Content type: Research

    Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of death in children under age five. Healthcare policy and other decision-making relevant to PTB may rely on obsolete, incomplete or inapplicable research evidence, lea...

    Authors: Hacsi Horvath, Claire D. Brindis, E. Michael Reyes, Gavin Yamey and Linda Franck

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:78

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  5. Content type: Research

    Groups or institutions funding or conducting systematic reviews in health policy and systems research (HPSR) should prioritise topics according to the needs of policymakers and stakeholders. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Elie A. Akl, Racha Fadlallah, Lilian Ghandour, Ola Kdouh, Etienne Langlois, John N. Lavis, Holger Schünemann and Fadi El-Jardali

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:77

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  6. Content type: Research

    Research capacity is scarce in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings. Social determinants of health research (SDH) is an area in which research capacity is lacking, particularly in Asian countries. SD...

    Authors: Farhad Ali, Arun Shet, Weirong Yan, Abdullah Al-Maniri, Salla Atkins and Henry Lucas

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:76

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  7. Content type: Research

    Decision-makers tend to make connections with researchers far too late in the game of public policy, expecting to find a retail store in which researchers are busy filling shop-front shelves with a comprehensi...

    Authors: Camille La Brooy and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:75

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  8. Content type: Research

    The need for sufficient and reliable funding to support health policy and systems research (HPSR) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been widely recognised. Currently, most resources to support su...

    Authors: Karen Ann Grépin, Crossley Beth Pinkstaff, Zubin Cyrus Shroff and Abdul Ghaffar

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:68

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  9. Content type: Research

    In 1982, the Annals of Virology published a paper showing how Liberia has a highly endemic potential of Ebola warning health authorities of the risk for potential outbreaks; this journal is only available by subs...

    Authors: Elise Smith, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon, Fei Shu, Valéry Ridde and Vincent Larivière

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:73

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  10. Content type: Research

    Recognising radical shifts in the global health research (GHR) environment, participants in a 2013 deliberative dialogue called for careful consideration of equity-centred principles that should inform Canadia...

    Authors: Katrina Plamondon, Dylan Walters, Sandy Campbell and Jennifer Hatfield

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:72

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  11. Content type: Research

    Obesity and non-communicable diseases are significant public health issues globally and particularly in the Pacific. Poor diet is a major contributor to this issue and policy change is a powerful lever to impr...

    Authors: Gade Waqa, Marj Moodie, Wendy Snowdon, Catherine Latu, Jeremaia Coriakula, Steven Allender and Colin Bell

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:74

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  12. Content type: Study Protocol

    Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) are partnerships between healthcare organisations and universities in England. Their mission is to generate novel treatments, technologies, diagnostics and other intervention...

    Authors: Trisha Greenhalgh, Pavel V. Ovseiko, Nick Fahy, Sara Shaw, Polly Kerr, Alexander D. Rushforth, Keith M. Channon and Vasiliki Kiparoglou

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:70

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  13. Content type: Research

    Chronic diseases are a serious and urgent problem, requiring at-scale, multi-component, multi-stakeholder action and cooperation. Despite numerous national frameworks and agenda-setting documents to coordinate...

    Authors: Sonia Wutzke, Nick Roberts, Cameron Willis, Allan Best, Andrew Wilson and William Trochim

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:69

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  14. Content type: Research

    As a well-known theory in studying the effective factors on behaviour, the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) is frequently used in evaluating the health behaviour of people and healthcare providers, but rarely...

    Authors: M. H. Imani-Nasab, B. Yazdizadeh, M. Salehi, H. Seyedin and R. Majdzadeh

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:66

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  15. Content type: Research

    Indigenous people in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America experience disproportionately poor mental health compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. To optimally allocate resour...

    Authors: Cecily McIntyre, Meredith G. Harris, Amanda J. Baxter, Stuart Leske, Sandra Diminic, Joseph P. Gone, Ernest Hunter and Harvey Whiteford

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:67

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  16. Content type: Research

    The capacity to demand and use research is critical for governments if they are to develop policies that are informed by evidence. Existing tools designed to assess how government officials use evidence in dec...

    Authors: Daniela C. Rodríguez, Connie Hoe, Elina M. Dale, M. Hafizur Rahman, Sadika Akhter, Assad Hafeez, Wayne Irava, Preety Rajbangshi, Tamlyn Roman, Marcela Ţîrdea, Rouham Yamout and David H. Peters

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:65

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  17. Content type: Research

    For 20 years, substantial effort has been devoted to catalyse health policy and systems research (HPSR) to support vulnerable populations and resource-constrained regions through increased funding, institution...

    Authors: Krista M. English and Babak Pourbohloul

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:64

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  18. Content type: Research

    In 2010, the Italian Ministry of Health decided to start the planning process to elaborate the National Plan of Prevention 2010–2012 jointly with the 21 Regions. The National Institute of Health was responsibl...

    Authors: Angela Giusti, Alberto Perra and Flavia Lombardo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:63

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  19. Content type: Research

    This paper is one of three linked studies that attempts to understand the process of institutionalisation of policy units within Burkina Faso’s health system. It examines the relationships between the existenc...

    Authors: Andre Zida, John N. Lavis, Nelson K. Sewankambo, Bocar Kouyate and Kaelan Moat

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:62

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  20. Content type: Research

    Aware of the advantages of a project steering committee (SC) in terms of influencing the development of evidence-based health policies, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) encouraged and supported the ...

    Authors: Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Abdramane Berthe, Issiaka Sombie, Ermel Johnson and Kofi Busia

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):50

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  21. Content type: Research

    Despite improvements over time, West Africa lags behind global as well as sub-Saharan averages in its maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) outcomes. This is despite the availability of an increasing body ...

    Authors: Irene Akua Agyepong, Aku Kwamie, Edith Frimpong, Selina Defor, Abdallah Ibrahim, Genevieve C. Aryeetey, Virgil Lokossou and Issiaka Sombie

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):54

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  22. Content type: Review

    As in other areas of international development, we are witnessing the proliferation of ‘traveling models’ developed by international experts and introduced in an almost identical format across numerous countri...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Aïssa Diarra and Mahaman Moha

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):60

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  23. Content type: Research

    The need for locally-driven, locally-generated evidence to guide health policy and systems decision-making and implementation in West Africa remains urgent. Thus, health policy and systems research (HPSR) is a...

    Authors: Selina Defor, Aku Kwamie and Irene Akua Agyepong

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):55

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  24. Content type: Research

    The implementation of mobile health (mHealth) projects in low- and middle-income countries raises high and well-documented expectations among development agencies, policymakers and researchers. By contrast, th...

    Authors: Vincent Duclos, Maurice Yé, Kagoné Moubassira, Hamidou Sanou, N. Hélène Sawadogo, Gilles Bibeau and Ali Sié

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):47

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  25. Content type: Research

    In Nigeria, interest in the evidence-to-policy process is gaining momentum among policymakers involved in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). However, numerous gaps exist among policymakers on use of re...

    Authors: Chigozie J. Uneke, Issiaka Sombie, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson and Pierre Ongolo-Zogo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):48

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  26. Content type: Research

    Since the Commission on Health Research for Development (COHRED) published its flagship report, more attention has been focused on strengthening national health research systems (NHRS). This paper evaluates th...

    Authors: Issiaka Sombié, Jude Aidam and Gabriela Montorzi

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):46

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  27. Content type: Research

    The many forms of healthcare fee exemptions implemented in Burkina Faso since the 2000s have varied between total exemption (free) and cost subsidisation. This article examines both options, their contextual v...

    Authors: Maurice Yaogo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):58

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  28. Content type: Commentary

    West Africa has adopted numerous strategies to counter maternal and infant mortality, provides national maternal and infant health programmes, and hosts many active technical and financial partners and non-gov...

    Authors: Issiaka Sombie, Aissa Bouwayé, Yves Mongbo, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson, Laurent Assogba and Xavier Crespin

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):53

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  29. Content type: Research

    The number of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be overwhelmingly high. In West Africa, Sierra Leone leads the list, with the highest maternal mortality ratio. In 2010, financial barriers were...

    Authors: Manso M. Koroma, Samuel S. Kamara, Evelyn A. Bangura, Mohamed A. Kamara, Virgil Lokossou and Namoudou Keita

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):49

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  30. Content type: Introduction

    West Africa was the focus of global attention during the Ebola virus disease outbreak, when systemic health system weaknesses compounded a serious emergency and complicated response efforts. Following the cris...

    Authors: Sue Godt, Sharmila Mhatre and Anne-Marie Schryer-Roy

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15(Suppl 1):52

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 15 Supplement 1

  31. Content type: Research

    The Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) programme was established to improve the health of ethnic minority communities through the reduction of racial discrimination. Local governments in the s...

    Authors: Angeline S. Ferdinand, Yin Paradies and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:61

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  32. Content type: Research

    The demand to use information and communications technology (ICT) in education and research has grown fast among researchers and educators working in global health. However, access to ICT resources and the cap...

    Authors: Jie Wang, Abu S. Abdullah, Zhenyu Ma, Hua Fu, Kaiyong Huang, Hongping Yu, Jiaji Wang, Le Cai, Huimin He, Jian Xiao, Lisa Quintiliani, Robert H. Friedman and Li Yang

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:59

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  33. Content type: Research

    We assessed the ability of the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF, a small not-for-profit foundation affiliated with Manitoba Blue Cross) to determine the best candidates for selection to receive resear...

    Authors: Gregory W. Hammond, Mê-Linh Lê, Tannis Novotny, Stephanie P. B. Caligiuri, Grant N. Pierce and John Wade

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:57

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  34. Content type: Review

    The extent to which routinely collected HIV data from Zambia has been used in peer-reviewed published articles remains unexplored. This paper is an analysis of peer-reviewed articles that utilised routinely co...

    Authors: Tendai Munthali, Patrick Musonda, Paul Mee, Sehlulekile Gumede, Ab Schaap, Alwyn Mwinga, Caroline Phiri, Nathan Kapata, Charles Michelo and Jim Todd

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:51

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  35. Content type: Research

    Health service reconfigurations are of international interest but remain poorly understood. This article focuses on the use of evidence by senior managerial decision-makers involved in the reconfiguration of s...

    Authors: Alec Fraser, Juan I. Baeza and Annette Boaz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:45

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  36. Content type: Research

    High quality health systems research (HSR) in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) is essential to guiding the policies and programmes that will improve access to health services and, ultimately, health...

    Authors: Aniek Woodward, Kate Sheahan, Tim Martineau and Egbert Sondorp

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:44

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  37. Content type: Research

    In Burkina Faso, malaria remains the primary cause of healthcare use, morbidity and child mortality. Therefore, efforts are needed to support the knowledge transfer and application of the results of numerous s...

    Authors: Esther Mc Sween-Cadieux, Christian Dagenais, Paul-André Somé and Valéry Ridde

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:43

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  38. Content type: Research

    Explaining policy change is one of the central tasks of contemporary policy analysis. In this article, we examine the changes in infection control policies for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Sou...

    Authors: Trust Saidi, Faatiema Salie and Tania S. Douglas

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:41

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  39. Content type: Research

    Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading infectious killer worldwide, with approximately 1.8 million deaths in 2015. While effective treatment exists, implementation of active case finding (ACF) methods to identify pe...

    Authors: Deanna Kerrigan, Nora West, Carrie Tudor, Colleen F. Hanrahan, Limakatso Lebina, Reginah Msandiwa, Lesego Mmolawa, Neil Martinson and David Dowdy

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:42

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  40. Content type: Research

    The attention to and demand for stronger linkages between research, policy and practice are increasing, especially in fields concerned with sensitive and challenging issues such as sexual and reproductive heal...

    Authors: Billie de Haas and Anke van der Kwaak

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:40

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  41. Content type: Research

    We explored the perceptions of members of the Network for Scientific Support in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health (NetSRH) on North–South–South networking and on constraints and perspectives for Sout...

    Authors: K. Van der Veken, L. Belaid, T. Delvaux and V. De Brouwere

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:39

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  42. Content type: Research

    Health service and systems researchers have developed knowledge translation strategies to facilitate the use of reliable evidence for policy, including rapid response briefs as timely and responsive tools supp...

    Authors: Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Sarah E. Rosenbaum, Andrew D. Oxman, John N. Lavis and Nelson K. Sewankambo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:37

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  43. Content type: Research

    The healthcare financing reforms initiated by the Government of Georgia in 2007 have positively affected inpatient service utilisation and enhanced financial protection, especially for the poor, but they have ...

    Authors: George Gotsadze, Wenze Tang, Natia Shengelia and Akaki Zoidze

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:36

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  44. Content type: Opinion

    There is extensive health and public health literature on the ‘evidence-policy gap’, exploring the frustrating experiences of scientists trying to secure a response to the problems and solutions they raise and...

    Authors: Paul Cairney and Kathryn Oliver

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:35

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  45. Content type: Research

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are an emerging global health concern. Reports have shown that, in Zambia, NCDs are also an emerging problem and the government has begun initiating a policy response. The pres...

    Authors: Mulenga M. Mukanu, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Chrispin Mweemba and Wilbroad Mutale

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:34

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  46. Content type: Research

    In the last decade, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) has taken strides in research and training to improve healthcare through collaborative training and research programs. However, there...

    Authors: Damalie Nakanjako, Dickens Akena, Dan K. Kaye, James Tumwine, Elialilia Okello, Annettee Nakimuli, Andrew Kambugu, Hazel McCullough, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Moses R. Kamya and Nelson K. Sewankambo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:33

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  47. Content type: Review

    Operations research (OR) is a discipline that uses advanced analytical methods (e.g. simulation, optimisation, decision analysis) to better understand complex systems and aid in decision-making.

    Authors: Beverly D. Bradley, Tiffany Jung, Ananya Tandon-Verma, Bassem Khoury, Timothy C. Y. Chan and Yu-Ling Cheng

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:32

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