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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Content type: Opinion

    With massive investment in health-related research, above and beyond investments in the management and delivery of healthcare and public health services, there has been increasing focus on the impact of health...

    Authors: Mark J. Dobrow, Fiona A. Miller, Cy Frank and Adalsteinn D. Brown

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:31

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  26. Content type: Research

    Research is a core business of universities globally, and is crucial in the scientific process as a precursor for knowledge uptake and use. We aimed to assess the academic productivity of post-graduate student...

    Authors: E. A. Obuku, J. N. Lavis, A. Kinengyere, D. K. Mafigiri, F. Sengooba, C. Karamagi and N. K. Sewankambo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:30

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  27. Content type: Commentary

    Quality and ethics need to be embedded into all areas of research with human participants. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines are international ethical and scientific quality standards for designing, cond...

    Authors: Patricia Henley, Varalakshmi Elango, Olaf Horstick, Riris Andono Ahmad, Christine Maure, Pascal Launois, Corinne Merle, Jamila Nabieva and Yodi Mahendradhata

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:28

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  28. Content type: Research

    This study examined how mental health clinic administrators decided whether or not to adopt evidence-based and other innovative practices by exploring their views of implementation barriers and facilitators an...

    Authors: Lawrence A. Palinkas, Mee Young Um, Chung Hyeon Jeong, Ka Ho Brian Chor, Serene Olin, Sarah M. Horwitz and Kimberly E. Hoagwood

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:27

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  29. Content type: Research

    We sought to analyse the impacts found, and the methods used, in a series of assessments of programmes and portfolios of health research consisting of multiple projects.

    Authors: Steve Hanney, Trisha Greenhalgh, Amanda Blatch-Jones, Matthew Glover and James Raftery

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:26

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  30. Content type: Research

    A recognised research-to-practice gap exists in the health research field of sports injury prevention and safety promotion. There is a need for improved insight into increasing the relevancy, accessibility and...

    Authors: Sheree Bekker, Penny Paliadelis and Caroline F. Finch

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:25

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  31. Content type: Research

    In recognition of the need for long-term planning for global health research, and to inform future global health research priorities, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) carried ...

    Authors: David Mc Conalogue, Sue Kinn, Jo-Ann Mulligan and Malcolm McNeil

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:24

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  32. Content type: Review

    Realising the economic potential of research institutions, including medical research institutes, represents a policy imperative for many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations. The ass...

    Authors: Simon Deeming, Andrew Searles, Penny Reeves and Michael Nilsson

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:22

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  33. Content type: Review

    Given the well documented undesired impacts of HIV/AIDS globally, there is a need to create a statistical inventory of research output on HIV/AIDS. This need is particularly important for a country such as Les...

    Authors: Eltony Mugomeri, Bisrat S. Bekele, Mamajoin Mafaesa, Charles Maibvise, Clemence Tarirai and Sunny E. Aiyuk

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:21

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  34. Content type: Research

    Funders now frequently require that sex and gender be considered in research programmes, but provide little guidance about how this can be accomplished, especially in large research programmes. The purpose of ...

    Authors: Martin Cooke, Nancy Waite, Katie Cook, Emily Milne, Feng Chang, Lisa McCarthy and Beth Sproule

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:20

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  35. Content type: Commentary

    Knowledge translation (KT) is a buzzword in modern medical science. However, there has been little theoretical reflection on translation as a process of meaning production in KT. In this paper, we argue that K...

    Authors: Eivind Engebretsen, Tony Joakim Sandset and John Ødemark

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:19

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  36. Content type: Study Protocol

    Investing in research that is not accessible or used is a waste of resources and an injustice to human subject participants. Post-graduate students’ research in institutions of higher learning involves conside...

    Authors: E. A. Obuku, J. N. Lavis, A. Kinengyere, D. K. Mafigiri, F. Sengooba, C. Karamagi and N. K. Sewankambo

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:18

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  37. Content type: Research

    Primary healthcare researchers are under increasing pressure to demonstrate measurable and lasting improvement in clinical practice and healthcare policy as a result of their work. It is therefore important to...

    Authors: Richard L. Reed, Ellen McIntyre, Eleanor Jackson-Bowers and Libby Kalucy

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:17

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  38. Content type: Review

    There is growing interest in the use of the management concept of a ‘learning organisation’. The objective of this review is to explore work undertaken towards the application of this concept to the health sec...

    Authors: E. Akhnif, J. Macq, M.O Idrissi Fakhreddine and B. Meessen

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:16

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  39. Content type: Research

    Published descriptions of implementation strategies often lack precision and consistency, limiting replicability and slowing accumulation of knowledge. Recent publication guidelines for implementation strategi...

    Authors: Alicia C. Bunger, Byron J. Powell, Hillary A. Robertson, Hannah MacDowell, Sarah A. Birken and Christopher Shea

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:15

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  40. Content type: Research

    Adequate performance assessment benefits from the use of disaggregated data to allow a proper evaluation of health systems. Since routinely collected data are usually not disaggregated enough to allow stratifi...

    Authors: Britta Zander and Reinhard Busse

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:13

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  41. Content type: Research

    While in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia, higher education and research institutions are widely engaged with the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science to advance gender equality, empirical resear...

    Authors: Pavel V. Ovseiko, Alison Chapple, Laurel D. Edmunds and Sue Ziebland

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:12

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  42. Content type: Research

    During the last decades, sex and gender biases have been identified in various areas of biomedical and public health research, leading to compromised validity of research findings. As a response, methodologica...

    Authors: Ingeborg Jahn, Claudia Börnhorst, Frauke Günther and Tilman Brand

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:11

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  43. Content type: Research

    Burkina Faso has made a number of health system policy decisions to improve performance on health indicators and strengthen responsiveness to health-related challenges. These included the creation of a General...

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

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:10

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  44. Content type: Commentary

    Quality practice of consumer engagement is still in its infancy in many sectors of medical research. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) identified, early in its development, th...

    Authors: Caroline L. Miller, Kathy Mott, Michael Cousins, Stephanie Miller, Anne Johnson, Tony Lawson and Steve Wesselingh

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:9

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  45. Content type: Research

    The concept of vulnerability has held a central place in research ethics guidance since its introduction in the United States Belmont Report in 1979. It signals mindfulness for researchers and research ethics ...

    Authors: Dearbhail Bracken-Roche, Emily Bell, Mary Ellen Macdonald and Eric Racine

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:8

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:29