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Title: Health research improves healthcare: now we have the evidence and the chance to help the WHO spread such benefits globally
Authors: Hanney, SR
Gonzalez-Block, MA
Keywords: Science & Technology;Life Sciences & Biomedicine;Health Policy & Services;Health Care Sciences & Services;Assessing research benefits;Capacity building;Diseases of poorest countries;Global health;Global Observatory;Platforms for research implementation;Research expenditure;Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms;World Health Organization;World Health Report 2013;RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL;ABDOMINAL AORTIC-ANEURYSMS;RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT;POLICY;EXPERIENCES;TRANSLATION;MORTALITY;CAPACITY;IMPACT
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: There has been a dramatic increase in the body of evidence demonstrating the benefits that come from health research. In 2014, the funding bodies for higher education in the UK conducted an assessment of research using an approach termed the Research Excellence Framework (REF). As one element of the REF, universities and medical schools in the UK submitted 1,621 case studies claiming to show the impact of their health and other life sciences research conducted over the last 20 years. The recently published results show many case studies were judged positively as providing examples of the wide range and extensive nature of the benefits from such research, including the development of new treatments and screening programmes that resulted in considerable reductions in mortality and morbidity. Analysis of specific case studies yet again illustrates the international dimension of progress in health research; however, as has also long been argued, not all populations fully share the benefits. In recognition of this, in May 2013 the World Health Assembly requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a Global Observatory on Health Research and Development (R&D) as part of a strategic work-plan to promote innovation, build capacity, improve access, and mobilise resources to address diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest countries. As editors of Health Research Policy and Systems (HARPS), we are delighted that our journal has been invited to help inform the establishment of the WHO Global Observatory through a Call for Papers covering a range of topics relevant to the Observatory, including topics on which HARPS has published articles over the last few months, such as approaches to assessing research results, measuring expenditure data with a focus on R&D, and landscape analyses of platforms for implementing R&D. Topics related to research capacity building may also be considered. The task of establishing a Global Observatory on Health R&D to achieve the specified objectives will not be easy; nevertheless, this Call for Papers is well timed – it comes just at the point where the evidence of the benefits from health research has been considerably strengthened.
DOI: 10.1186/s12961-015-0006-y
ISSN: 1478-4505
Appears in Collections:Health Economics Research Group (HERG)

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