Is operational research delivering the goods? The journey to success in low-income countries

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/220991
Title:
Is operational research delivering the goods? The journey to success in low-income countries
Authors:
Zachariah, R; Ford, N; Maher, D; Bissell, K; Van den Bergh, R; van den Boogaard, W; Reid, T; Castro, K G; Draguez, B; von Schreeb, J; Chakaya, J; Atun, R; Lienhardt, C; Enarson, D A; Harries, A D
Journal:
Lancet Infectious Diseases
Abstract:
Operational research in low-income countries has a key role in filling the gap between what we know from research and what we do with that knowledge-the so-called know-do gap, or implementation gap. Planned research that does not tangibly affect policies and practices is ineffective and wasteful, especially in settings where resources are scarce and disease burden is high. Clear parameters are urgently needed to measure and judge the success of operational research. We define operational research and its relation with policy and practice, identify why operational research might fail to affect policy and practice, and offer possible solutions to address these shortcomings. We also propose measures of success for operational research. Adoption and use of these measures could help to ensure that operational research better changes policy and practice and improves health-care delivery and disease programmes.
Affiliation:
Operational Centre Brussels, Medical Department, Médecins Sans Frontières, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Access to Medicines Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK; International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Centre for Operational Research, Paris, France; Department of Molecular and Cellular Interaction, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, Brussels, Belgium; Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA; Department of Public Health, Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Kenya Medical Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya; Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland; Imperial College London, London, UK; Stop TB Partnership, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
Publisher:
Elsevier
Issue Date:
9-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/220991
DOI:
10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70309-7
PubMed ID:
22326018
Additional Links:
http://www.lancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970309-7/fulltext
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1474-4457
Appears in Collections:
Research Methods

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dc.contributor.authorZachariah, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorFord, Nen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMaher, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorBissell, Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorVan den Bergh, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorvan den Boogaard, Wen_GB
dc.contributor.authorReid, Ten_GB
dc.contributor.authorCastro, K Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDraguez, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorvon Schreeb, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChakaya, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAtun, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorLienhardt, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorEnarson, D Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarries, A Den_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-28T00:47:11Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-28T00:47:11Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-09-
dc.identifier.citationIs operational research delivering the goods? The journey to success in low-income countries. 2012:notLancet Infect Disen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1474-4457-
dc.identifier.pmid22326018-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70309-7-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/220991-
dc.description.abstractOperational research in low-income countries has a key role in filling the gap between what we know from research and what we do with that knowledge-the so-called know-do gap, or implementation gap. Planned research that does not tangibly affect policies and practices is ineffective and wasteful, especially in settings where resources are scarce and disease burden is high. Clear parameters are urgently needed to measure and judge the success of operational research. We define operational research and its relation with policy and practice, identify why operational research might fail to affect policy and practice, and offer possible solutions to address these shortcomings. We also propose measures of success for operational research. Adoption and use of these measures could help to ensure that operational research better changes policy and practice and improves health-care delivery and disease programmes.en_GB
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.lancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970309-7/fulltexten_GB
dc.rightsPublished by Elsevier Reproduced on this site with permission of Elsevier Ltd. Please see [url]http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf[/url] for further relevant comment.en_GB
dc.subject.meshOperations Researchen_GB
dc.titleIs operational research delivering the goods? The journey to success in low-income countriesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentOperational Centre Brussels, Medical Department, Médecins Sans Frontières, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Access to Medicines Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK; International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Centre for Operational Research, Paris, France; Department of Molecular and Cellular Interaction, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, Brussels, Belgium; Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium; Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA; Department of Public Health, Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Kenya Medical Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya; Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland; Imperial College London, London, UK; Stop TB Partnership, WHO, Geneva, Switzerlanden_GB
dc.identifier.journalLancet Infectious Diseasesen_GB

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