First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Welcome to the Knowledge Hub set up for the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, 16-19 November 2010, Montreux, Switzerland . This site provides in-depth coverage of the meeting before and while it is happening and an opportunity for participants anywhere to comment on reports and activities. The objective of this Knowledge Hub is to implement a strategy to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and stimulate discussion within the public health community on issues related to creating better health systems. The main goal is to ensure that all the stakeholders (researchers, policy makers and practitioners) are aware of the key issues before they get to the meeting, so that their discussions are as informed as possible. Whether you are able to attend the meeting or not, this site will let you find out what the health systems experts think in our interviews, profiles, and guest blogs. To join in the debate, become part of our online discussion groups.

Daily Reports

19 Nov 2010

Srinath Reddy of the Public Health Foundation of India, who proved to be an excellent moderator, said the Symposium had already discussed, dissected and defined the problems facing health systems research (HSR). Now it was time for the meeting to come to the issues of stewardship, financing and capacity, and to consider the opportunities and […]

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10 Oct 2010

Boosting health systems research: a Q&A with Javier Guzman

Dr Javier Guzman is Director of Research, Policy Cures and is based in the organization’s UK office at the London International Development Centre.
Q. Who are the important players in boosting health systems research?
A. There needs to be support from national governments to fund this type of work. It is important that international donors see that […]

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Background reading

18 Nov 2010

A framework for defining research

 Patrick Adams writes…

Operational research, implementation research, and health systems research: the terms are used interchangeably and inconsistently throughout the peer-reviewed literature. Their increasingly frequent occurrence reflects a growing recognition of the role of research in improving health systems and health care delivery. But the semantic confusion may have consequences for the funding of research efforts […]

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Analysing health systems to make them stronger

The authors of a new book [1] say they aim to provide a framework that can be used by anyone wishing to analyse and strengthen health systems.
The 102-page document, is part of the series Studies in Health Services Organisation & Policy, published by the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium. Based on a lengthy consultative […]



A personal view

Paul Chinnock gives his personal views on proceedings at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research held 16-19 November 2010, Montreux, Switzerland, which he attended “virtually” following the debate via the webcam in the main conference hall.
When I told people I was taking part in a conference on health systems research (HSR), no one […]


Indian scientists and policymakers discuss health equity/systems in a new fast-growing Google group

 Patrick Adams writes…
Despite an extensive public health system, health care in India is provided primarily through the private sector. Public facilities are run-down or inaccessible, and households  often incur  high  out-of-pocket expenses when forced to pay for private care. In fact, household consumer expenditure surveys indicate that many Indian households fall into the vicious cycle […]