Centres for Systematic Reviews

The Alliance HPSR, in collaboration with the Oslo Satellite of the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) Group, the EPPI Centre at the Institute of Education, London, and the Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England, helped to launch four Systematic Review Centres in 2007 to aid in the generation and synthesis of health policy and systems research (HPSR).

Three Centres focused on a specific thematic area of HPSR, namely: human resources for health, health financing and the role of the non-state (private) sector.

The fourth Centre was a more broadly-oriented "Methodology Centre" which aids in the development of appropriate methods for conducting and packaging systematic reviews for low- and middle-income countries.

In 2013, the Alliance continues to broaden its support for building the capacity of systematic review centres in low- and middle-income countries. The Alliance selected two centres in new geographical regions:
• the American University of Beirut in Lebanon;
• the Health Systems Research Unit of the Medical Research Council in South Africa.

The Alliance has also extended support for another two years to two centres that have received support in past years:
• the China Centre for Health Development Studies, Peking University;
• the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Over the next two years, the four centres will identify priority review questions in consultation with policy- and decision-makers, conduct systematic reviews, prepare summaries and policy briefs based on the findings of the reviews, and disseminate them to a wide audience. The centres have also committed to building the capacity of young researchers over the two-year period in order to foster a sustainable stream of expertise in this field in years to come.

The following links provide direct access to the projects profiles page under this area of work.