IHP news 508: Research

By on February 8, 2019

Health Research Policy & Systems – Evidence map of knowledge translation strategies, outcomes, facilitators and barriers in African health systems

A Edwards et al ; https://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12961-019-0419-0

“…This paper provides a systematic overview of the literature on knowledge translation (KT) strategies employed by health system researchers and policy-makers in African countries….”

“…Evidence mapping methodology was adapted from the social and health sciences literature and used to generate a schema of KT strategies, outcomes, facilitators and barriers. …”

“…Commonly reported KT strategies include policy briefs, capacity-building workshops and policy dialogues. Barriers affecting researchers and policy-makers include insufficient skills and capacity to conduct KT activities, time constraints and a lack of resources. Availability of quality locally relevant research was the most reported facilitator. Limited KT outcomes reflect persisting difficulties in outcome identification and reporting….”

Globalization & Health – What qualities are required for globally-relevant health service managers? An exploratory analysis of health systems internationally

R Harrison et al; https://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-019-0452-3

Globally, health service leaders and managers have a critical role in strengthening health systems. Competency frameworks for health service managers are usually designed to describe expectations of good performance of a health manager within a country-specific health sector context. However, a growing number of health service management roles operate beyond a country-specific level, with managers requiring a global perspective and the skills and knowledge to work effectively across a range of countries and contexts. This study provides an exploratory analysis of the most relevant qualities perceived to facilitate health service managers to be effective when working in such roles….

Five themes emerged relating to the qualities required from health leaders in order to be effective when working in a global context: i) Managing and Making Change, ii) Collaborative Managers and Compassionate Leaders, iii) Continuous Learning, iv) Balancing Management Theory and Practice, and v) Leadership Skills….”

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