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Health Research Policy and Systems

, 9:39

First Online: 07 October 2011Received: 13 June 2011Accepted: 07 October 2011DOI: 10.1186-1478-4505-9-39

Cite this article as: El-Jardali, F., Jamal, D., Ataya, N. et al. Health Res Policy Sys 2011 9: 39. doi:10.1186-1478-4505-9-39


BackgroundThe objectives of this study are to: 1 profile the production of Health Policy and Systems Research HPSR published between 2000 and 2008 in 12 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region EMR: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen; 2 identify gaps; and 3 assess the extent to which existing HPSR produced in the region addresses regional priorities pertaining to Health Financing, Human Resources for Health and the Role of the Non-State Sector. This is the first stocktaking paper of HPSR production and gaps in the EMR.

MethodsArticles indexed on Medline between years 2000 and 2008 for the 12 study countries were selected. A MeSH term based search was conducted using country names. Articles were assessed using a coding sheet adapted for the region which included themes on: Governance Arrangements, Financial Arrangements, Delivery Arrangements, and Implementation Strategies. Identified articles were matched against regional research priorities to assess the extent to which research production aligns with priorities.

ResultsA total of 1,487 articles 11.94% fit the criteria in the coding sheet. Results showed an increase in HPSR production which peaked after 2005. Most identified articles focused on Delivery Arrangements 68.1%, and Implementation Strategies 24.4%. Most HPSR addressed priorities in Human Resources for Health 39% , and some articles focused on Health Financing 12% and Role of the Non-State Sector 6.1%.

ConclusionsDespite global calls for producing and translating HPSR into policy, there are still significant gaps in the EMR. More efforts are needed to produce HPSR and align production and translation with the demand for evidence by policymakers. Findings can help inform and direct future plans and activities for the Evidence Informed Policy Network- EMR, World Health Organization- EMR, and the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum, in addition to being useful for countries that host or are planning to host KT platforms in the region.

List of AbbreviationsEMREastern Mediterranean Region

EVIPNet EMREvidence Informed Policy Network- Eastern Mediterranean Region

HPSRHealth Policy and Systems Research

HRHHuman Resources for Health

ICTInformation and Communication Technology

LMICLow and Middle Income Countries

MENAMiddle East and North Africa

MeSHMedical Subject Headings

MOHMinistries of Health

WHO EMROEastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization

WHOWorld Health Organization.

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Autor: Fadi El-Jardali - Diana Jamal - Nour Ataya - Maha Jaafar - Saned Raouf - Claudia Matta - Saja Michael - Colette Smith


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