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Qualitative evidence to improve guidelines and health decision-making

As governments are developing schemes for universal health coverage (UHC) and progressing towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs), they need relevant and context-sensitive evidence to support different policies and interventions. Decision-makers are increasingly using qualitative evidence to understand various socioeconomic contexts, health systems and communities.

Effective, polyvalent, affordable antivenom needed to treat snakebite in Nepal

'Many Nepalese depend on traditional healers and or do not seek hospital treatment because they consider themselves to be too poor to pay for treatment, or think there will be no benefit. If the numbers of out-of-hospital deaths caused by snakebite are to be reduced in Nepal, there needs to be improvements in the public awareness of the benefits of snakebite treatment in hospital and in the pre-hospital care of snakebite – as seen, for example, in Sri Lanka.

Where is the policy in health policy and systems research agenda?

In the last 15 years there has been considerable growth in the amount of – and funding for – healtalth policy and systems research. However, research addressing health policy decision-making, across all stages of the policy process, has been relatively neglected....

Use of text messages to communicate clinical recommendations to health workers in rural China: a cluster-randomized trial

Objective: To compare the effectiveness of mobile phone text messaging and that of traditional health worker training in communicating clinical recommendations to health workers in China.
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