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SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP)

(Published 16 December 2009)

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This article is the Introduction to a series written for people responsible for making decisions about health policies and programmes and for those who support these decision makers.

Knowing how to find and use research evidence can help policymakers and those who support them to do their jobs better and more efficiently. Each article in this series presents a proposed tool that can be used by those involved in finding and using research evidence to support evidenceinformed health policymaking.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A:. Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):I1 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-I1.

1. What is evidence-informed policymaking? Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). 1. Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S1 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S1.

2. Improving how your organisation supports the use of research evidence to inform policymaking. Oxman AD, Vandvik PO, Lavis JN, Fretheim A, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S2 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S2  

3. Setting priorities for supporting evidence-informed policymaking. Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S3 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S3.

4. Using research evidence to clarify a problem. Lavis JN, Wilson M, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S4 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S4.   

5.  Using research evidence to frame options to address a problem. Lavis JN, Wilson MG, Oxman AD, Grimshaw J, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S5 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S5.

6. Using research evidence to address how an option will be implemented. Fretheim A, Munabi-Babigumira S, Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S6 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S6.

7. Finding systematic reviews. Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Grimshaw J, Johansen M, Boyko JA, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S7 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S7.

8.Deciding how much confidence to place in a systematic review Lewin S, Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP).. Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S8 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S8.

 9. Assessing the applicability of the findings of a systematic review. Lavis JN, Oxman AD, Souza NM, Lewin S, Gruen RL, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S9 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S9.

 10.    Taking equity into consideration when assessing the findings of a systematic review. Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S10 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S10.

11.    Finding and using research evidence about local conditions. Lewin S, Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Fretheim A, García Martí S, Munabi-Babigumira S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S11 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S11.

12.    Finding and using research evidence about resource use and costs. Oxman AD, Fretheim A, Lavis JN, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S12 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S12.

13. Preparing and using policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking. Lavis JN, Permanand G, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S13 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S13.

14. Organising and using policy dialogues to support evidence-informed policymaking. Lavis JN, Boyko J, Oxman AD, Lewin S, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S14 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S14.

15. Engaging the public in evidence-informed policymaking. Oxman AD, Lewin S, Lavis JN, Fretheim A: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S15 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S15.

16. Using research evidence in balancing the pros and cons of policies. Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Fretheim A, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S16 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S16

17. Dealing with insufficient research evidence. Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Fretheim A, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S17 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S17.

18.  Planning monitoring and evaluation of policies. Fretheim A, Oxman AD, Lavis JN, Lewin S: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP). Health Research Policy and Systems; 2009, 7(Suppl 1):S18 doi:10.1186/1478-4505-7-S1-S18.


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