Date Published: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Tikki Pang, Robert F. Terry
Abstract: Tikki Pang and Robert Terry from WHO, along with the PLoS Medicine Editors, issue a call for papers for a joint WHO/PLoS collection on the theme of the 2012 World Health Report on Research for Health.
Partial Text: It seems astonishing that in the 21st century decisions on health care can still be made without a solid grounding in research evidence. This is true even in clinical research, whether for simple or complex interventions , where systematic reviews time and time again conclude that the evidence base is inadequate . It is even more true in the areas of health policy and health systems, where quality research is hampered further by a lack of shared definitions, a lack of consensus on guiding principles, poor capacity (especially in low-resource regions), and methodological challenges ,.