WHO documents added to new HSE portal support health system strengthening
April 25, 2013 - Health Systems Evidence has expanded its role as a top resource for evidence on strengthening and reforming health systems by adding a beta version of a new portal for World Health Organization documents, and improving the site’s navigation and search functions.
The Intergovernmental Organizations’ Health Systems Documents Portal currently includes a continuously updated repository of policy-relevant WHO documents, and provides ‘one-stop-shopping’ for the many types of documents that can support health systems strengthening by policymakers and stakeholders around the world.
New design elements and search limits will make navigating the site easier and offer more options for how to look for documents in the world’s most comprehensive free access point for evidence to support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers interested in strengthening and reforming health systems.
The WHO documents in the beta version of the intergovernmental organizations’ portal now include World Health Assembly resolutions, WHO guidance, discussion papers and strategic plans, but over the summer the portal will expand to contain 22 types of WHO documents. These documents, such as jurisdictional reviews and toolkits, will address important health system governance, financial and delivery arrangements, and implementation strategies for programs, services and drugs. Over time, documents from other intergovernmental organizations will be included.
The integration of the new portal with the existing HSE database allows the WHO documents to be searched for using the various limits already available on the website, such as topic, theme, domain, and type of document. Results of searches for WHO documents will prompt users to view related documents in Health Systems Evidence that can provide related research evidence (such as systematic reviews and economic evaluations) on the same topic, further enhancing the usefulness of the new portal.
The new search limits that have been added, which can be combined with all other existing search options for HSE, include:
In addition, for users based in Canada, the Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) Portal, which supports renewing, reforming and strengthening health systems in Canada, now offers users the option to search for Canadian policy-relevant documents that have either a broad federal/national perspective or that focus on a specific provincial or territorial jurisdiction.
All of the search limits for HSE, EIHR and the Intergovernmental Organizations’ Health Systems Documents Portal can be combined in any way to assist users in finding the type of evidence they require.
HSE now contains more than 7,000 documents and has more than 5,000 registered users from countries around the world. Newly identified syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems, are added each month, along with economic evaluations and descriptions of health systems and health system reforms.
Detailed information on how to make the best use of HSE, and both the EIHR and intergovernmental portals, is available on the HSE website.