Using rapid reviews to strengthen health policy and systems and progress towards universal health coverage

Published on Feb 1, 2019in BMJ Global Health
· DOI :10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001178
Etienne V. Langlois9
Estimated H-index: 9
(WHO: World Health Organization),
Sharon E. Straus57
Estimated H-index: 57
+ 2 AuthorsAndrea C. Tricco38
Estimated H-index: 38
### Summary box As many countries are developing policies addressing universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increasing demand for relevant and contextualised evidence to inform health policy and systems decision-making.1 Policy-makers and health systems managers require valid evidence to support time-sensitive decisions regarding the coverage, quality, efficiency and equity of health systems. There are several health system challenges for which decision-makers require timely evidence, including integrated service delivery models, effective health financing schemes and equitable access to quality health systems interventions (table 1). Progressing towards UHC requires evidence to address a range of questions including the effectiveness of health systems interventions and policies, how and in what settings these interventions work, their cost-effectiveness, as well as the legal, ethical and societal implications of implementing these interventions.2 3 View this table: Table 1 Examples of health …
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