Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) is often criticized for lacking rigour, providing a weak basis for generalization of its findings and, therefore, offering limited value for policy-makers. This Reader aims to address these concerns through supporting action to strengthen the quality of HPSR.
The Reader is primarily for researchers and research users, teachers and students, particularly those working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It provides guidance on the defining features of HPSR and the critical steps in conducting research in this field. It showcases the diverse range of research strategies and methods encompassed by HPSR, and it provides examples of good quality and innovative HPSR papers.
“Health Policy and Systems Research is a rapidly developing and critically important field of health research, but has lacked any coherent presentation of its nature, scope and methods. This Reader remedies this gap, and will be an indispensable source of guidance for anyone conducting Health Policy and Systems Research or wishing to learn about it,” said Anne Mills, Professor of Health Economics and Policy and Vice-Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The production of the Reader was commissioned by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and it will complement its other investments in methodology development and postgraduate training.