Strengthening the evidence-policy interface for patient safety: enhancing global health through hospital partnerships.

TitleStrengthening the evidence-policy interface for patient safety: enhancing global health through hospital partnerships.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSyed SB, Dadwal V, Storr J, Riley P, Paul R, Hightower JD, Gooden R, Kelley E, Pittet D
JournalGlobalization and health
Volume9
Issue1
Pagination47
Date Published2013 Oct 16
ISSN1744-8603
Abstract

Strengthening the evidence-policy interface is a well-recognized health system challenge in both the developed and developing world. Brokerage inherent in hospital-to-hospital partnerships can boost relationships between "evidence" and "policy" communities and move developing countries towards evidence based patient safety policy. In particular, we use the experience of a global hospital partnership programme focused on patient safety in the African Region to explore how hospital partnerships can be instrumental in advancing responsive decision-making, and the translation of patient safety evidence into health policy and planning. A co-developed approach to evidence-policy strengthening with seven components is described, with reflections from early implementation. This rapidly expanding field of enquiry is ripe for shared learning across continents, in keeping with the principles and spirit of health systems development in a globalized world.

DOI10.1186/1744-8603-9-47
Alternate JournalGlobal Health