I make an observation that I made recently during my "day job" in West Africa. This is - in situations where multiple actors are working (specifically - scores if not hundreds of international NGOs as well as the UN and its many agencies), there is in fact often "too much information" not necessarily pure research information, but guidance and protocols and training materials that purport to be based on research evidence, but that are often not quality assured with the end users often facility-based clinical practitioners left struggling to review and make judgement calls on the usefulness of the information in their quest to implement the right (and safe) practices. At times, end users continue to develop their own guidance in the face of limited evidence and access to resources. The UN (by which I refer to WHO) clearly undertake structured and systematic processes to verify the rigour of all of their materials. However, what is sometimes lacking is a clear and proactive dissemination strategy which results in "good" research-informed information rarely reaching the end user.
Forum 2015 - Access to Health Research: Q2. What more can be done to make research freely available to users in LMICs? (2)
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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