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Guidance for Evidence-Informed Policies about Health Systems: Assessing How Much Confidence to Place in the Research Evidence

  • Simon Lewin mail,

    simon.lewin@nokc.no

    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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  • Xavier Bosch-Capblanch,

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

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  • Sandy Oliver,

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

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  • Elie A. Akl,

    Affiliation: Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, United States of America, and Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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  • Gunn E. Vist,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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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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  • Davina Ghersi,

    Affiliation: Department of Research Policy and Cooperation, Information, Evidence and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • John-Arne Røttingen,

    Affiliation: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway

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  • Peter Steinmann,

    Affiliation: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Metin Gulmezoglu,

    Affiliation: UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organization, Switzerland

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  • Peter Tugwell,

    Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Institute of Population Health, and Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

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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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  • Andy Haines

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

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  • Published: March 20, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001187

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