New online discussion on the use of systematic reviews

TDR news item
18 May 2017

TDR and the Lancet are sponsoring a virtual discussion on systematic reviews, with particular emphasis on their role in low- and middle-income countries. The discussion is taking place on the HIFA forum (Healthcare Information For All), with parallel discussions on CHIFA (child health and rights), HIFA-French, HIFA-Portuguese, and HIFA-Zambia.

The discussion will last for 6 weeks and is exploring the following questions related to how systematic reviews (SRs) can guide policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs):

  • What are SRs? Why are they important?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of SRs?
  • What is the role of global SRs versus local single research studies?
  • What can be done to increase the relevance and usefulness of SRs?
  • What can be done to promote the production, interpretation and synthesis of SRs?

This is the third major discussion in the 2016-2017 series sponsored by TDR, from the HIFA Project on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice. HIFA has 10 000 members in 176 countries.

If you are not already a HIFA member, you can join (free) here.


For more information, contact:
Jamie Guth
TDR Communications Manager
Telephone: +41 79 441 2289
E-mail: guthj@who.int.