TDR and the Lancet are sponsoring a virtual discussion on systematic reviews, with particular emphasis on their role in low- and middle-income countries. The discussion is taking place on the HIFA forum (Healthcare Information For All), with parallel discussions on CHIFA (child health and rights), HIFA-French, HIFA-Portuguese, and HIFA-Zambia.
 
The discussion will last for 6 weeks and is exploring the following questions related to how systematic reviews (SRs) can guide policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs):
 
1. What are SRs? Why are they important?
2. What are the strengths and limitations of SRs?
3. What is the role of global SRs versus local single research studies?
4. What can be done to increase the relevance and usefulness of SRs?
5. What can be done to promote the production, interpretation and synthesis of SRs?
 
This is the third major discussion in the 2016-2017 series sponsored by TDR, from the HIFA Project on Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice. HIFA has 10 000 members in 176 countries.
 
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