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Designing a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in the Americas region: Using the best available evidence and case studies

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In seeking to inform the design of a rapid response program to support evidence-informed decision-making in health policy and practice, the authors investigated three main questions: 1) what are the best methodological approaches for rapid reviews of the research evidence?; 2) what other strategies are needed to facilitate evidence-informed decision-making in health policy and practice?; and 3) how best to operationalise a rapid response program? Findings from their literature review illustrated that there is no agreed definition of rapid reviews or methodology for conducting them. The authors discuss how greater attention needs to be given to specifying and reporting rapid response methods, and describe the importance of engaging in other strategies to facilitate the uptake of rapid reviews and evaluate chosen models in order to add to the evidence base for evidence-informed decision-making. [Abstract précis by PHCRIS]

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Michelle M. Haby, Evelina Chapman, Rachel Clark, Jorge Barreto, Ludovic Reveiz, John N. Lavis
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Implementation Science, 11, 117. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0472-9
August 2016
This Journal article also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 27 October 2016
last updated: Oct 27 2016

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