We would like to draw your attention to this just released Health systems Research Methodology Reader.

We think this reader, prepared by Lucy Gilson and numerous colleagues, is really a landmark in health systems research. (Full version of reader – PDF – 7,4 Mb)

The target audience for the Reader includes researchers, teachers and students, as well as those working within health systems, and particularly those working in low-and middle-income countries.

The reader has five parts:

  • Part 1: Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Research
  • Part 2: Doing HPSR: key steps in the process
  • Part 3: Understanding Health Policy and Systems
  • Part 4: Doing HPSR – Empirical studies
  • Part 5: Reflections on HPSR

Health Systems Research is taking shape as a discipline and this evolution will get another boost at the second Health Systems Research Symposium to be held in Beijing in November this year. Remember to submit your abstracts for group sessions by March 15. This time like in 2010 there will be a junior track to facilitate the participation of junior researcher to the conference. Check out the conference website and the emerging voice website to prepare your abstracts. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date about this conference.

Part of this movement, we are preparing a health systems research mapping in developing countries to be presented in Beijing. In the meantime you can read this thorough analysis of the health research system in Guinea Bissau by O Kok and colleagues (web or PDF – 256 Kb)

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