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Understanding information needs

A systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policymakers

BACKGROUND: The gap between research and practice or policy is often described as a problem. To identify new barriers of and facilitators to the use of evidence by policymakers, and assess the state of research in this area, we updated a systematic review.

Out-Patient Prescribing Practices at Mbagathi District Hospital-Nairobi County

Objective: To assess medicine use practices by using WHO prescribing and patient care indicators in Mbagathi Hospital outpatient department.
Design: A hospital based retrospective study.
Setting: Mbagathi District Hospital outpatient department between 1st January to 30th June 2012.
Main outcome measures: Measures used in this study included, total number of medicines in a prescription, proportion of medicines in the essential drug list, proportion in generic names, proportion with injectables and antibiotics and percentage actually dispensed.

How can we do better to meet the information and learning needs of Community Health Workers?

In the health care sector, we should acknowledge that still there is inadequate coordination of resource sharing between key players especially for cross cutting issues like dissemination of CHWs' information services. 

Community care workers in TB care: identifying and meeting their information needs

My name is Ida Okeyo. I am doing a masters in pharmacy practice which is focused on the development of TB information materials for community care workers working with TB patients in Grahamstown, South Africa.
It has been a bit of a struggle to try and find resources and literature similar to what my project. I would like to know if anyone would recommend any resources or literature similar to my interests or any study that has been similar to what I am trying to accomplish.

Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed

'Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in Guinea, officials say.
'Some of the bodies - of health workers, local officials and journalists - were found in a septic tank in a village school near the city of Nzerekore.
'Correspondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease...


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