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  1. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are designed to improve the quality of care and reduce unjustified individual variation in clinical practice. Knowledge of the barriers and facilitators that influence the i...

    Authors: Verónica Ciro Correa, Luz Helena Lugo-Agudelo, Daniel Camilo Aguirre-Acevedo, Jesús Alberto Plata Contreras, Ana María Posada Borrero, Daniel F. Patiño-Lugo and Dolly Andrea Castaño Valencia

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:74

    Content type: Review

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  2. Demographic changes in the pattern of disease burden, escalating health expenditures and inequitable access to healthcare are global challenges. Irrespective of their level of development, all countries need t...

    Authors: Shuhei Nomura, Vera Siesjö, Göran Tomson, Wiebke Mohr, Eriko Fukuchi, Kenji Shibuya, Viroj Tangcharoensathien and Hiroaki Miyata

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:73

    Content type: Review

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  3. Health research is important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, there are many challenges facing health research, including securing sufficient funds, building capacity, produci...

    Authors: Stephen R. Hanney, Lucy Kanya, Subhash Pokhrel, Teresa H. Jones and Annette Boaz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:72

    Content type: Opinion

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  4. Increasingly, WHO recommendations are defined by context-specific factors and WHO is developing strategies to ensure that recommendations are successfully adapted and implemented at country level. This manuscr...

    Authors: Maria Barreix, Theresa A. Lawrie, Nancy Kidula, Fatim Tall, Maurice Bucagu, Ram Chahar and Özge Tunçalp

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:70

    Content type: Research

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  5. Providing funding for clinicians to have protected time to undertake research can address a commonly cited barrier to research – lack of time. However, limited research has evaluated the impact or mechanisms o...

    Authors: Joanne Hilder, Sharon Mickan, Christy Noble, Kelly A. Weir and Rachel Wenke

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:71

    Content type: Research

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  6. In Brazil, governmental and non-governmental organisations develop practice guidelines (PGs) in order to optimise patient care. Although important improvements have been made over the past years, many of these...

    Authors: Verônica Colpani, Sérgio Candido Kowalski, Airton Tetelbom Stein, Anna Maria Buehler, Daniel Zanetti, Gabriel Côrtes, Edison Vieira de Melo Junior, Jorgiany Emerick Ebeidalla, Natiela Beatriz de Oliveira, Renata Leborato Guerra, Sarah Nascimento Silva, Bruce B. Duncan, Maicon Falavigna and Holger Jens Schünemann

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:69

    Content type: Commentary

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  7. The introduction of the determinants of health has caused a shift towards understanding health from a holistic perspective as well as increased recognition of public health’s contributions to the health of the...

    Authors: Tamika Jarvis, Fran Scott, Fadi El-Jardali and Elizabeth Alvarez

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:68

    Content type: Research

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  8. The calls for increased numbers of researchers in rural health are growing. To meet this demand, training is needed. If training is to be effective, the value placed on research, the organisational need for re...

    Authors: David Schmidt, Jill Reyment, Emma Webster, Sue Kirby and David Lyle

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:67

    Content type: Research

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  9. In the international agenda, it has become common to assert that the assessment of health system governance using a practical tool is crucial. This approach can help us better understand how health systems are...

    Authors: Rasha Hamra, Sameen Siddiqi, Emma Carmel and Walid Ammar

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:66

    Content type: Research

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  10. Child health indicators have substantially improved across the last decade, yet Afghanistan has among the highest child stunting and malnutrition rates in Asia. Multisectoral approaches were recently introduce...

    Authors: Christine Kim, Ghulam Farooq Mansoor, Pir Mohammad Paya, Mohammad Homayoun Ludin, Mohammad Javed Ahrar, Mohammad Omar Mashal and Catherine S. Todd

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:65

    Content type: Review

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  11. Embedded approaches to implementation research (IR), whereby health system decision-makers participate actively in the research process, are gaining traction as effective approaches to optimise the delivery of...

    Authors: N. Ilona Varallyay, Etienne V. Langlois, Nhan Tran, Vanesa Elias and Ludovic Reveiz

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:64

    Content type: Research

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  12. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) collect and generate vast amounts of potentially rich data, most of which are not used for research purposes. Secondary analysis of NGO data (their use and analysis in a s...

    Authors: Sarah C. Masefield, Alice Megaw, Matt Barlow, Piran C. L. White, Henrice Altink and Jean Grugel

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:63

    Content type: Review

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  13. Policy is one of the levers for initiating structural change to foster the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). To this end, policy-makers have to deal with complex ecosystems embedded in sp...

    Authors: A. Noël Racine, J. M. Garbarino, K. Corrion, F. D’Arripe-Longueville, B. Massiera and A. Vuillemin

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:62

    Content type: Research

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  14. It is often said that it takes 17 years to move medical research from bench to bedside. In a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) world, such time-lags feel intolerable. In these extraordinary circumstances could ye...

    Authors: Stephen R. Hanney, Steven Wooding, Jon Sussex and Jonathan Grant

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:61

    Content type: Commentary

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  15. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has the potential to threaten tens of millions of lives and poses major global economic and development challenges. As the AMR threat grows, it is increasingly important to stren...

    Authors: S. Rogers Van Katwyk, S. J. Hoffman, M. Mendelson, M. Taljaard and J. M. Grimshaw

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:60

    Content type: Review

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  16. Scientific journals play a critical role in research validation and dissemination and are increasingly vocal about the identification of research priorities and the targeting of research results to key audienc...

    Authors: Miguel Angel González Block, Juan Arroyo Laguna, Oscar Cetrángolo, Pedro Crocco Ábalos, Ramiro Guerrero, Daniela Riva Knauth, Abdul Ghaffar, Patricia Pavón León, María del Rocío Saénz, Rosanna González McQuire, Beatriz Martínez Zavala and Emilio Gutiérrez Calderón

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:59

    Content type: Research

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  17. Expanding healthcare innovations from the local to national level is a complex pursuit requiring careful assessment of all relevant factors. In this study (a component of a larger eConsult programme of researc...

    Authors: Isabella Moroz, Douglas Archibald, Mylaine Breton, Elizabeth Cote-Boileau, Lois Crowe, Tanya Horsley, Lirjie Hyseni, Gina Johar, Erin Keely, Katharina Kovacs Burns, Craig Kuziemsky, Jim Laplante, Ariana Mihan, Luis Oppenheimer, Don Sturge, Delphine S. Tuot…

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:57

    Content type: Research

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  18. Systems thinking is a conceptual approach that can assist stakeholders in understanding complexity and making progress on persistent public health challenges. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a complex glob...

    Authors: Jeffrey Glenn, Kimberly Kamara, Zaiyanatu Abubakar Umar, Teresa Chahine, Nils Daulaire and Thomas Bossert

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:56

    Content type: Research

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  19. Universal health coverage is a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals and quality of care is fundamental to its attainment. In South Africa, the National Health Insurance (NHI) system is a major healt...

    Authors: Immaculate Sabelile Muthathi and Laetitia C. Rispel

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:55

    Content type: Research

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  20. Numerous sub-Saharan African countries have experimented with performance-based financing (PBF) with the goal of improving health system performance. To date, few articles have examined the implementation of t...

    Authors: Abdourahmane Coulibaly, Lara Gautier, Tony Zitti and Valéry Ridde

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:54

    Content type: Research

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  21. Implementation research is increasingly being recognised as an important discipline seeking to maximise the benefits of evidence-based interventions. Although capacity-building efforts are ongoing, there has b...

    Authors: Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, Emmanuel Asampong, Edwin Afari, Pascal Launois, Mercy Ackumey, Kwabena Opoku-Mensah, Samuel Dery, Patricia Akweongo, Justice Nonvignon and Moses Aikins

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:53

    Content type: Research

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  22. Conducting research in partnership with stakeholders (e.g. policy-makers, practitioners, organisations, patients) is a promising and popular approach to improving the implementation of research findings in pol...

    Authors: F. Hoekstra, K. J. Mrklas, M. Khan, R. C. McKay, M. Vis-Dunbar, K. M. Sibley, T. Nguyen, I. D. Graham and H. L. Gainforth

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:51

    Content type: Review

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  23. Universal health coverage (UHC) has provided the impetus for the introduction of publicly funded health insurance (PFHI) schemes in the mixed health systems of India and many other low- and middle-income count...

    Authors: Sulakshana Nandi and Helen Schneider

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:50

    Content type: Research

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  24. In rural settings where patients face significant structural barriers to accessing healthcare services, the formal existence of government-provided health coverage does not necessarily translate to meaningful ...

    Authors: Anne Williamson, Lorena Ponce de León, Francisco Rodríguez Garza, Valeria Macías and Hugo Flores Navarro

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:49

    Content type: Research

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  25. Natural experiments are increasingly valued as a way to assess the health impact of health and non-health interventions when planned controlled experimental research designs may be infeasible or inappropriate ...

    Authors: Melanie Crane, Erika Bohn-Goldbaum, Anne Grunseit and Adrian Bauman

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:48

    Content type: Review

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  26. It has been well established that research is not addressing health needs in a balanced way — much more research is conducted on diseases with more burden in high-income countries than on those with more burde...

    Authors: Alfredo Yegros-Yegros, Wouter van de Klippe, Maria Francisca Abad-Garcia and Ismael Rafols

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:47

    Content type: Research

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  27. Internationally, there has been renewed focus on primary healthcare (PHC). PHC revitalisation is one of the mechanisms to emphasise health promotion and prevention. However, it is not always clear who should l...

    Authors: Teurai Rwafa-Ponela, John Eyles, Nicola Christofides and Jane Goudge

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:46

    Content type: Research

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  28. Effective efforts to strengthen health systems need diverse, multi-stakeholder networks working together on complex or ‘wicked’ problems such as prevention and control of chronic diseases, solutions to which g...

    Authors: Jodie Bailie, Alison Frances Laycock, David Peiris, Roxanne Gwendalyn Bainbridge, Veronica Matthews, Frances Clare Cunningham, Kathleen Parker Conte, Seye Abimbola, Megan Elizabeth Passey and Ross Stewart Bailie

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:45

    Content type: Commentary

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  29. This article is a response to Oliver et al.’s Commentary ‘The dark side of coproduction: do the costs outweigh the benefits for health research?’ recently published in Health Research Policy and Systems (2019, 17...

    Authors: Oli Williams, Sophie Sarre, Stan Constantina Papoulias, Sarah Knowles, Glenn Robert, Peter Beresford, Diana Rose, Sarah Carr, Meerat Kaur and Victoria J. Palmer

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:43

    Content type: Commentary

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  30. Despite increasing evidence on health inequalities over the past decades, further efforts to strengthen capacities to produce research on this topic are still urgently needed to inform effective interventions ...

    Authors: Lucinda Cash-Gibson, Matthew Harris, Germán Guerra and Joan Benach

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:42

    Content type: Research

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  31. Evidence-based decision-making for prioritising health is assisted by health technology assessment (HTA) to integrate data on effectiveness, costs and equity to support transparent decisions. Ghana is moving t...

    Authors: Samantha A. Hollingworth, Laura Downey, Francis J. Ruiz, Emmanuel Odame, Lydia Dsane-Selby, Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Justice Nonvignon and Kalipso Chalkidou

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:41

    Content type: Research

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  32. Attention to evidence-informed policy has grown; however, efforts to strengthen the quality and use of evidence are not starting from a blank slate. Changes in health architectures and financing pose different...

    Authors: Anne L. Buffardi and Susan Njambi-Szlapka

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:40

    Content type: Commentary

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  33. Persons with developmental disabilities (PWDD) face a number of individual, environmental and societal barriers when seeking employment. Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) involves ongoing and dynamic inte...

    Authors: Akram Khayatzadeh-Mahani, Krystle Wittevrongel, Lisa Petermann, Ian D. Graham and Jennifer D. Zwicker

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:39

    Content type: Research

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  34. The September 2019 United Nations’ High-Level Meeting renewed political commitments to invest in universal health coverage by strengthening health systems, programmes and policies to achieve ‘health for all’. ...

    Authors: Hueiming Liu, Mark D. Huffman and Kathy Trieu

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:38

    Content type: Commentary

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  35. Many countries are currently rethinking their global health research funding priorities. When resources are limited, it is important to understand and use information about existing research strengths to infor...

    Authors: Ranjana Nagi, Susan Rogers Van Katwyk and Steven J. Hoffman

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:37

    Content type: Research

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  36. Evidence-informed decision-making and better use of scientific information in societal decisions has been an area of development for decades but is still topical. Decision support work can be viewed from the p...

    Authors: Jouni T. Tuomisto, Mikko V. Pohjola and Teemu J. Rintala

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:36

    Content type: Research

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  37. Research funders in Canada and abroad have made substantial investments in supporting collaborative research approaches to generating and translating knowledge as it is believed to increase knowledge use. Cana...

    Authors: Tram Nguyen, Ian D. Graham, Kelly J. Mrklas, Sarah Bowen, Margaret Cargo, Carole A. Estabrooks, Anita Kothari, John Lavis, Ann C. Macaulay, Martha MacLeod, David Phipps, Vivian R. Ramsden, Mary J. Renfrew, Jon Salsberg and Nina Wallerstein

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:35

    Content type: Research

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  38. Knowledge brokering is a knowledge translation approach that includes making connections between researchers and decision-makers to facilitate the latter’s use of evidence in health promotion and the provision...

    Authors: Kristine Newman, Ryan DeForge, Dwayne Van Eerd, Yan Wei Mok and Evelyn Cornelissen

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:34

    Content type: Research

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  39. The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Health Act of 2009 mandates the Provincial Health Research and Ethics Committee to develop health research priorities for the province. During 2013, the KZN Department of Health embarke...

    Authors: G. Khumalo, R. Desai, X. Xaba, M. Moshabela, S. Essack and E. Lutge

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:32

    Content type: Research

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  40. It was highlighted that in the original article [1] Fig. 2 was incorrect and the link for the Additional File was missing. This Correction article provides the correct Fig. 2 and the Additional File with its l...

    Authors: Angela Giusti, Marina Maggini and Sofia Colaceci

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:31

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:12

  41. Health systems in Australia and worldwide are increasingly expected to conduct research and quality improvement activities in addition to delivering clinical care and training health professionals. This study ...

    Authors: Alexandra Edelman, Amy Brown, Tilley Pain, Sarah Larkins and Gillian Harvey

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:30

    Content type: Research

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  42. Systems transformation for health promotion, involving engagement from multiple disciplines and levels of influence, requires an investment in partnership development. Integrated youth service is a collaborati...

    Authors: T. Halsall, I. Manion, J. Henderson, P. Robeson, R. Purcell, P. Liversidge and S. N. Iyer

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:29

    Content type: Research

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  43. The continuum of care is a key strategy for ensuring comprehensive service delivery for maternal health, while acknowledging the role of the social determinants of health. However, there is little research on ...

    Authors: Mamothena Carol Mothupi, Lucia Knight and Hanani Tabana

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:28

    Content type: Research

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  44. Limited evidence exists on how to assess long-term care system performance. This study aims to report on the process and results of developing a performance assessment framework to evaluate the long-term care ...

    Authors: Hongsoo Kim and Boyoung Jeon

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:27

    Content type: Research

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  45. Various population segmentation tools have been developed to inform the design of interventions that improve population health. However, there has been little consensus on the core indicators and purposes of p...

    Authors: Sungwon Yoon, Hendra Goh, Yu Heng Kwan, Julian Thumboo and Lian Leng Low

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:26

    Content type: Research

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  46. Access to qualitative and equitable healthcare is a major challenge in Mauritania. In order to support the country’s efforts, a health sector strengthening programme was set up with participatory action resear...

    Authors: Kirsten Accoe, Bruno Marchal, Yahya Gnokane, Dieng Abdellahi, Paul Bossyns and Bart Criel

    Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2020 18:25

    Content type: Research

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