Articles published on the processes, results, and lessons learned from a selection of the projects CSIH has implemented over the years.
Clinical practice guidelines were adapted and implemented meeting country-specific requirements – the example of Kazakhstan
McGowan, J., Muratov, S., Tsepke, A., Issina, A., Slawecki, E. & Lang, E. S. (2016). Clinical practice guidelines were adapted and implemented meeting country-specific requirements – the example of Kazakhstan. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (69), 8-15.
In a twinning partnership between the Canadian Society for International Health and Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health (MOH), a project to build capacity and a process for the adaptation and implementation of international clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) was undertaken. A pragmatic CPG adaptation process was developed that took into consideration national and local contexts. The article describes a process of large-scale adaptation of international CPGs with the pilot implementation of selected adapted CPGs and recommendations.
Mentoring a health technology assessment initiative in Kazakhstan
Muratov, S., Hailey, D., Foerster, V., Brady, B., Juzwishin, D., la Fleur, P., & McGowan J. (2014). Mentoring a health technology assessment initiative in Kazakhstan. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 30(2). 147-152. Cambridge University Press.
The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) helped to facilitate a study contributing to the development of a health technology assessment (HTA) program for the Republic of Kazakhstan's MOH. Results included the creation of guidance documents on HTA and institutional strengthening as well as training workshops in HTA and economic evaluation for MOH staff, researchers and physicians. This project helped to define the need for HTA and mentored MOH staff in taking the first steps to establish a program to support health policy decision making in Kazakhstan. This experience offers practical lessons for other emerging HTA programs.
A pragmatic approach to the adaptation and implementation of internationally developed clinical practice guidelines for Kazakhstan
Slawecki, E., Campbell, P., Lang, E., McGowan, J., & Muratov, S. (2014). A pragmatic approach to the adaptation and implementation of internationally developed clinical practice guidelines for Kazakhstan. The Lancet Global Health, 2 (1), S14
The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) has developed a systematic approach to support the introduction of high-quality evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) in Kazakhstan. We describe a process enabling the large-scale selection and adaptation of high-quality international CPGs requisite to the project, and how these are applied at the points of care to achieve tangible results in terms of improved patient care.
Equity oriented toolkit for health technology assessment and knowledge translation: application to scaling up of training and education for health workers
Ueffing, E., Tugwell, P., Hatcher-Roberts J, Walker P., Hamel N., & Welch V. (2009). Equity oriented toolkit for health technology assessment and knowledge translation: application to scaling up of training and education for health workers. Human Resources for Health. 5;7:67. PubMed PMID: 19656381; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2731728
Human resources for health are in crisis worldwide, especially in economically disadvantaged areas and areas with high rates of HIV/AIDS in both health workers and patients. International organizations such as the Global Health Workforce Alliance have been established to address this crisis. A technical working group within the Global Health Workforce Alliance developed recommendations for scaling up education and training of health workers. The paper will illustrate how decision-makers can use evidence and tools from an equity-oriented toolkit to scale up training and education of health workers, following five ecommendations of the technical working group.
The role of NGOs in global health research for development
Global health research is essential for development. A major issue is the inequitable distribution of research efforts and funds directed towards populations suffering the world's greatest health problems. This imbalance is fostering major attempts at redirecting research to the health problems of low and middle income countries. Following the creation of the Coalition for Global Health Research – Canada (CGHRC) in 2001, the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) decided to review the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in global health research. This paper highlights some of the prevalent thinking and is intended to encourage new thinking on how NGOs can further this role.
Implementing a Wireless Application in a Developing Country
McDaniel, J. G., & Slawecki, E. (2005, March). Implementing a wireless application in a developing country. In IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2005 (Vol. 4, pp. 2501-2505). IEEE.
For the first time in the nation of Georgia, health facilities at the district level are connected electronically for the purpose of collecting and sharing health data for patient care and hospital administration. Legal, budgetary, and infrastructure considerations as well as equipment availability complicated the design and development of a wireless, city-wide health information system in Georgia. The paper discusses these and other issues encountered by a Canadian project to implement a multi-facility electronic patient record.