- Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Anna Gagliardi, University of Toronto
- Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
- Kirsten Howard, University of Sydney
- Stephen Jan, The George Institute
- Jany Rademakers, NIVEL - Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research
- Hindrik Vondeling, Twente University
- Christopher Morrey, BioMed Central
A systematic review by Alexandria Smith and colleagues highlights the need for more standardized research to accurately assess the impact of advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants in primary care cancer screening.
A systematic review by Kathryn Oliver and colleagues substantiates the view that closer collaboration between researchers and policy makers is key to the successful use and integration of evidence into policy making.
A mixed methods study of community understanding and perceptions of health insurance in Kenya suggests it is important that communities are educated and engaged to ensure the national health insurance scheme is acceptable to the population.
Social network analysis suggests that by identifying virtuous attitudes and behaviors of professionals within their organizations, policymakers and executives may avoid marginalization and stimulate integration and continuity of care.
Secondary analysis of a cluster-randomised trial suggests telehealth is not associated with different levels of contact with general practitioners or practice nurses and the way telehealth impacts on primary care roles may be influenced by a number of other features in the health system.
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Marie-Pierre Gagnon, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Laval University and researcher at the Quebec University Hospital Centre, Canada. She is also Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Technologies and Practices in Health. Her research program focuses on the use of scientific evidence to support the implementation of technological innovations, particularly Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the health care system. Her other research interests include patient and public involvement in Health Technology Assessment and other health care decisions, the study of individual, professional and organisational determinants of ICT adoption and integration in the health care system, and best practices in knowledge translation and application.
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