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Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Rationale for and Challenges of Guidance Development

  • Xavier Bosch-Capblanch mail,

    x.bosch@unibas.ch

    Affiliations: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • John N. Lavis,

    Affiliation: McMaster Health Forum, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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  • Simon Lewin,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway, and Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Rifat Atun,

    Affiliation: Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • John-Arne Røttingen,

    Affiliations: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway, and Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Daniel Dröschel,

    Affiliations: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Lise Beck,

    Affiliations: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Edgardo Abalos,

    Affiliation: Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina

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  • Fadi El-Jardali,

    Affiliation: Department of Health Policy and Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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  • Lucy Gilson,

    Affiliation: School of Public Health, University of Cape Town and Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

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  • Sandy Oliver,

    Affiliation: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom

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  • Kaspar Wyss,

    Affiliations: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Peter Tugwell,

    Affiliation: Centre for Global Health, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • Regina Kulier,

    Affiliation: Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Tikki Pang,

    Affiliation: Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Andy Haines

    Affiliation: Departments of Social and Environmental Health Research and of Nutrition and Public Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: March 06, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001185
  • Published in PLOS Medicine

About the Authors

Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Daniel Dröschel, Lise Beck, Kaspar Wyss
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Daniel Dröschel, Lise Beck, Kaspar Wyss
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
John N. Lavis
McMaster Health Forum, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Simon Lewin, John-Arne Røttingen
Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway, and Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
Rifat Atun
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland
John-Arne Røttingen
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Edgardo Abalos
Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina
Fadi El-Jardali
Department of Health Policy and Management, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, and McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Lucy Gilson
School of Public Health, University of Cape Town and Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Sandy Oliver
EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom
Peter Tugwell
Centre for Global Health, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Regina Kulier, Tikki Pang
Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Andy Haines
Departments of Social and Environmental Health Research and of Nutrition and Public Health Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: x.bosch@unibas.ch

Competing Interests

The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services received funds from the WHO for the contributions of DD, LB, SL, and XBC to developing a Handbook to produce health systems guidance, and some of this work is reported in this article. All other authors declare no competing interests.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: XBC. Performed the experiments: XBC. Analyzed the data: XBC. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: XBC. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: XBC JL SL RA JAR DD LB AB FEJ LG SO KW PT RK TP AH. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: XBC JL SL RA JAR DD LB AB FEJ LG SO KW PT RK TP AH. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: XBC JL SL RA JAR DD LB AB FEJ LG SO KW PT RK TP AH.