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action Strategy on Health Policy and Systems Research

WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data Strategy on health policy and systems research: options for action. 1.Health policy. 2.Health services research. 3.Delivery of health care. 4.Research. 5.Review literature. I.World Health Organization. ISBN 978 92 4 150441 6

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Context and Purpose

 Context and Purpose  In November 2010, more than 1200 diverse stakeholders from the realms of health research, policy, funding, implementation and civil society gathered for the first time in Montreux, Switzerland (at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research) to discuss and debate the important role and contribution of health policy and systems research (HPSR) in decision-making. Together, they called for the development of a Strategy on Health (Policy) and Systems Research in order to advocate for greater generation and use of research evidence in health policy and build a case for further investment in this critical area of research. The World Health Organization took the lead in developing this strategy on HPSR entitled “Changing Mindsets” from which these options for actions have been drawn (available at http://www.who.int/healthsystems/en/). This strategy is based on robust science while also drawing on the experience and wisdom of multiple stakeholders in a transparent, inclusive and participatory manner. For this purpose, a 29-member advisory group was established, composed of men and women, research leaders and policy-makers, and from all over the world. The group was co-chaired by Julio Frenk (Dean, Harvard School of Public Health) and Sujatha Rao (former Secretary of Health, India). As the first-ever global-level strategy on HPSR, “Changing Mindsets” represents a unique milestone in the evolution of health policy and systems research. It has three broad aims. First, it seeks to unify the worlds of research and decision-making and connect the various disciplines of research that gener