The Use of Research Evidence in Two International Organizations' Recommendations About Health Systems

Healthcare Policy, 5:1, 2009

21 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2015

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Steven Hoffman

York University; Harvard University

John Norman Lavis

Institute for Work and Health, Toronto

Sara Bennett

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Very little is understood on the extent to which research evidence informs the development of recommendations by international organizations. An examination of recommendations by two international organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank were undertaken. Five specific topics (contracting, healthcare financing, health human resources, tuberculosis control and tobacco control) were identified alongside systematic reviews that were available at the time of their formulation to determine consistency between the two. Results showed that there was little consistency between the recommendations issued by the two international organizations and the systematic reviews that had been conducted in the same areas. This suggests that the WHO and World Bank, and their partners, need to improve their use of research evidence in developing policy recommendations.

Keywords: World Health Organization, WHO, World Bank, contracting, healthcare, financing, human resources, tuberculosis, tobacco, evidence, recommendatios, systematic reviews, policy, international, orgaizations

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Steven and Lavis, John Norman and Bennett, Sara, The Use of Research Evidence in Two International Organizations' Recommendations About Health Systems (2009). Healthcare Policy, 5:1, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702509

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John Norman Lavis

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Sara Bennett

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research ( email )

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