The Alliance HPSR and the Harvard School of Public Health organized a workshop on 14 and 15 November to discuss the inclusion of quasi-experimental studies in systematic reviews of health systems research.
The workshop was an initiative of the Alliance’ Advisory Group on Health Systems Research Synthesis. One of the main outcomes of the workshop is a series of papers which are being developed and will be published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2014. Additionally, breakout sessions on the topics of the workshop are being planned at the upcoming Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.
Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide
A panel discussion including three policy-makers; Dr Maimunah Hamid, Deputy Director-General of Health, Malaysia, Dr Malebona Precious Matsoso, Director-General, South Africa and Dr Walid Ammar, Director-General of Health, Lebanon, convened on 9 October for the launch of the "Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide". Dr Kieny, Assistant Director-General of the Health Systems and Innovation Cluster opened the event and Dr Røttingen, Chair of the Alliance HPSR Board, moderated the discussion.
This Guide led by the Alliance is authored by Dr David H. Peters, Johns Hopkins University, Dr Nhan T. Tran and Dr Taghreed Adam from the Alliance HPSR.
"This Guide is a real opportunity to bring researchers and implementers together as allies and accomplices" concluded Dr Maimunah Hamid.
Third Global Symposium on HSR launches Call for abstracts
The call for abstracts of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research opened on 16 September and coincided with the launch of the Symposium's web site. All those concerned about health systems development around the world are invited to share their experiences and understandings through an organized session or individual presentation.
The Alliance HPSR and the WHO Health Systems Financing Department have supported case-studies in seven low- and middle-income countries and have produced a Thematic Series entitled “Promoting universal financial protection”. This Thematic Series includes a paper for each of the seven country case-studies as well as an overview of the key factors facilitating or hindering progress toward universal coverage. All seven country case-studies as well as the overview article were all published. This is very timely with the recently launched "World Health Report 2013: Research for Universal Coverage".