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Systematic Reviews (25) Q2. Strengths and limitations of systematic reviews

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The main limitation of systematic review (SR) is that because research result from low and middle income countries rarely get into the major journals or indexes, the context of these countries may not be reflected in the world literature /sources used to produce systematic reviews. In addition systematic reviews are expensive to run and as such LMICs find it difficult to do. Practitioners in LMICs also have difficulty accessing systematic reviews in the traditional journals because they cannot afford subscription fees.

The answer to solving both challenges lies in providing enabling resources (human, funds and material) to do SRs in LMICs and escalation of free open access publications to make publications accessible to users residing and working in LMICs.

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Monday, May 22, 2017
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Joseph Ana
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Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012.  He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act.  He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995.  He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website:  Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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