Proven Practices: 8 - A Systematic Review. Brief #8 in the Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management Series
(2014; 13 pages)

Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. 2014. Proven Practices: A Systematic Review. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

This series of briefs has been developed for use by in-country stakeholders. The briefs provide both proven and promising practices that may be used to address specific supply chain barriers faced by each country.

  • Proven practices are defined as interventions with proven outcomes in improving health commodity supply chains in low- and middle-income countries tested using experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation designs. Examples of proven practices are identified by this symbol throughout these briefs.
  • Promising practices are defined as interventions showing progress toward improving health commodity supply chains in low- and middle-income countries.

To view all the briefs in the Promising Practices in Supply Chain Management Series, visit http://siapsprogram.org/publication/promising-practices-in-supply-chain-management.

The objective of this review was to identify proven practices that improve outcomes for health supply chains in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While recognizing that there are numerous practices making observable and significant improvements in supply chains throughout the world, practices that have been tested using experimental or quasi-experimental designs provide the most objective evidence of their effectiveness.

The following definition for proven practice was used for this review:

Proven practice: Interventions with proven outcomes in improving health commodity supply chains in low- and middle-income countries tested using experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation designs.

 
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