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  1. Research

    Policymakers’ experience of a capacity-building intervention designed to increase their use of research: a realist process evaluation

    An intervention’s success depends on how participants interact with it in local settings. Process evaluation examines these interactions, indicating why an intervention was or was not effective, and how it (an...

    Abby Haynes, Sue Brennan, Sally Redman, Anna Williamson, Steve R. Makkar, Gisselle Gallego and Phyllis Butow

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:99

    Published on: 23 November 2017

  2. Opinion

    Collaborative action for person-centred coordinated care (P3C): an approach to support the development of a comprehensive system-wide solution to fragmented care

    Fragmented care results in poor outcomes for individuals with complexity of need. Person-centred coordinated care (P3C) is perceived to be a potential solution, but an absence of accessible evidence and the la...

    Helen M. Lloyd, Mark Pearson, Rod Sheaff, Sheena Asthana, Hannah Wheat, Thava Priya Sugavanam, Nicky Britten, Jose Valderas, Michael Bainbridge, Louise Witts, Debra Westlake, Jane Horrell and Richard Byng

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:98

    Published on: 22 November 2017

  3. Research

    Development of a framework to improve the utilisation of malaria research for policy development in Malawi

    The existing gap between research evidence and public health practice has attributed to the unmet Millennium Development Goals in Africa and consequently, has stimulated the development of frameworks to enhanc...

    Chikondi Mwendera, Christiaan de Jager, Herbert Longwe, Charles Hongoro, Kamija Phiri and Clifford M. Mutero

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:97

    Published on: 21 November 2017

  4. Research

    Towards fair and effective North–South collaboration: realising a programme for demand-driven and locally led research

    At the turn of the 90s, studies showed that health research contributed little to health and development in low- and middle-income countries because it was oriented towards international priorities and dominat...

    Maarten Olivier Kok, John Owusu Gyapong, Ivan Wolffers, David Ofori-Adjei and Elis Joost Ruitenberg

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:96

    Published on: 13 November 2017

  5. Research

    The many meanings of evidence: a comparative analysis of the forms and roles of evidence within three health policy processes in Cambodia

    Discussions within the health community routinely emphasise the importance of evidence in informing policy formulation and implementation. Much of the support for the evidence-based policy movement draws from ...

    Helen Walls, Marco Liverani, Kannarath Chheng and Justin Parkhurst

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:95

    Published on: 10 November 2017

  6. Research

    Why European and United States drug regulators are not speaking with one voice on anti-influenza drugs: regulatory review methodologies and the importance of ‘deep’ product reviews

    Relenza represents the first neuraminidase inhibitor (NI), a class of drugs that also includes the drug Tamiflu. Although heralded as breakthrough treatments in influenza, NI efficacy has remained highly contr...

    Shai Mulinari and Courtney Davis

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:93

    Published on: 9 November 2017

  7. Commentary

    A ‘Grantathon’ model to mentor new investigators in mental health research

    There is a critical gap between needs and available resources for mental health treatment across the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In countries committed to increasing resour...

    Mary Hawk, Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, Triptish Bhatia, Jaspreet S. Brar, Wafaa Abdelhakim Elbahaey, James E. Egan, Prasad Konasale, Supriya Kumar, Margaret C. McDonald, Ravinder Singh, Soumya Swaminathan, Joel Wood and Smita N. Deshpande

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:92

    Published on: 24 October 2017

  8. Research

    Building capacity for medical education research in family medicine: the Program for Innovation in Medical Education (PIME)

    Despite the apparent benefits to teaching, many faculty members are reluctant to participate in medical education research (MER) for a variety of reasons. In addition to the further demand on their time, physi...

    Douglas Archibald, William Hogg, Jacques Lemelin, Simone Dahrouge, Mireille St. Jean and François Boucher

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:91

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  9. Research

    A critical appraisal of guidelines used for management of severe acute malnutrition in South Africa’s referral system

    Focusing on healthcare referral processes for children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in South Africa, this paper discusses the comprehensiveness of documents (global and national) that guide the country...

    Faith Nankasa Mambulu-Chikankheni, John Eyles, Ejemai Amaize Eboreime and Prudence Ditlopo

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:90

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  10. Opinion

    Evidence-based decision-making for diagnostic and therapeutic methods: the changing landscape of assessment approaches in Germany

    This article examines the current status and most important changes over time to the legislative framework on the health technology assessment-informed decision-making process on diagnostic and therapeutic ‘me...

    Britta Olberg, Sabine Fuchs, Katja Matthias, Alexandra Nolting, Matthias Perleth and Reinhard Busse

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:89

    Published on: 17 October 2017

  11. Research

    Generating demand for and use of evaluation evidence in government health ministries: lessons from a pilot programme in Uganda and Zambia

    The Demand-Driven Evaluations for Decisions (3DE) programme was piloted in Zambia and Uganda in 2012–2015. It aimed to answer evaluative questions raised by policymakers in Ministries of Health, rapidly and wi...

    Sophie Witter, Andrew Kardan, Molly Scott, Lucie Moore and Louise Shaxson

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:86

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  12. Editorial

    ‘Knowledge for better health’ revisited – the increasing significance of health research systems: a review by departing Editors-in-Chief

    How can nations organise research investments to obtain the best bundle of knowledge and the maximum level of improved health, spread as equitably as possible? This question was the central focus of a major in...

    Stephen R. Hanney and Miguel A. González-Block

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:81

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  13. Opinion

    Knowledge mobilisation for policy development: implementing systems approaches through participatory dynamic simulation modelling

    Evidence-based decision-making is an important foundation for health policy and service planning decisions, yet there remain challenges in ensuring that the many forms of available evidence are considered when...

    Louise Freebairn, Lucie Rychetnik, Jo-An Atkinson, Paul Kelly, Geoff McDonnell, Nick Roberts, Christine Whittall and Sally Redman

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:83

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  14. Review

    How do we define the policy impact of public health research? A systematic review

    In order to understand and measure the policy impact of research we need a definition of research impact that is suited to the task. This article systematically reviewed both peer-reviewed and grey literature ...

    Kristel Alla, Wayne D. Hall, Harvey A. Whiteford, Brian W. Head and Carla S. Meurk

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:84

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  15. Research

    Non-communicable diseases: mapping research funding organisations, funding mechanisms and research practices in Italy and Germany

    Evidence shows that territorial borders continue to have an impact on research collaboration in Europe. Knowledge of national research structural contexts is therefore crucial to the promotion of Europe-wide p...

    Victor Stephani, Silvia Sommariva, Anne Spranger and Oriana Ciani

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:85

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  16. Research

    Ethical challenges for international collaborative research partnerships in the context of the Zika outbreak in the Dominican Republic: a qualitative case study

    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...

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

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:82

    Published on: 25 September 2017

  17. Research

    Requirements of health policy and services journals for authors to disclose financial and non-financial conflicts of interest: a cross-sectional study

    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 ...

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

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:80

    Published on: 19 September 2017

  18. Research

    Barriers and enablers for the development and implementation of allied health clinical practice guidelines in South African primary healthcare settings: a qualitative study

    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 ...

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

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:79

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  19. Research

    Preterm birth: the role of knowledge transfer and exchange

    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...

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

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:78

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  20. Research

    The SPARK Tool to prioritise questions for systematic reviews in health policy and systems research: development and initial validation

    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...

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

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:77

    Published on: 4 September 2017

  21. Research

    The research–policy–deliberation nexus: a case study approach

    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...

    Camille La Brooy and Margaret Kelaher

    Health Research Policy and Systems 2017 15:75

    Published on: 2 September 2017

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