Health equity: evidence synthesis and knowledge translation methods

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dc.contributor.author Welch, Vivian A
dc.contributor.author Petticrew, Mark
dc.contributor.author O’Neill, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Waters, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Armstrong, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Bhutta, Zulfiqar A
dc.contributor.author Francis, Damian
dc.contributor.author Koehlmoos, Tracey Perez
dc.contributor.author Kristjansson, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Pantoja, Tomas
dc.contributor.author Tugwell, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-11T13:33:13Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-11T13:33:13Z
dc.date.issued 2013-06-22
dc.identifier.citation Systematic Reviews. 2013 Jun 22;2(1):43
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2046-4053-2-43
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/38065
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background At the Rio Summit in 2011 on Social Determinants of Health, the global community recognized a pressing need to take action on reducing health inequities. This requires an improved evidence base on the effects of national and international policies on health inequities. Although systematic reviews are recognized as an important source for evidence-informed policy, they have been criticized for failing to assess effects on health equity. Methods This article summarizes guidance on both conducting systematic reviews with a focus on health equity and on methods to translate their findings to different audiences. This guidance was developed based on a series of methodology meetings, previous guidance, a recently developed reporting guideline for equity-focused systematic reviews (PRISMA-Equity 2012) and a systematic review of methods to assess health equity in systematic reviews. Results We make ten recommendations for conducting equity-focused systematic reviews; and five considerations for knowledge translation. Illustrative examples of equity-focused reviews are provided where these methods have been used. Conclusions Implementation of the recommendations in this article is one step toward monitoring the impact of national and international policies and programs on health equity, as recommended by the 2011 World Conference on Social Determinants of Health.
dc.title Health equity: evidence synthesis and knowledge translation methods
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2014-04-11T13:33:13Z
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.rights.holder Vivian A Welch et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


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