August 17, 2011
State Of The Art In Health Policy And Systems Research
This week PLoS Medicine launches a three part weekly series of articles on the "state-of-the-art" in the growing field of health policy and systems research (HPSR), commissioned following the high profile, WHO-initiated First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux, Switzerland, November 2010. Three Policy Forum articles, authored by a diverse group of global health academics, critically examine the current challenges to the field and lay out what is needed to build capacity in HPSR and support local policy development and health systems strengthening, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In the first article, Dr Kabir Sheikh from the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India and colleagues call for greater attention to the fundamental, exploratory, and explanatory types of HPSR, to how the field can contribute to development of societies, and to the need for capacity building in LMICs.