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Project

Norwegian Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) satellite - project description

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The Norwegian Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) satellite prepares and supports the use of systematic reviews that answer high priority questions for health systems in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). These include questions about how to govern, finance and deliver health services; how to improve the quality of care; and how to implement health policies and interventions in ways that are effective, efficient and equitable.


Summary

Who we are

The Norwegian EPOC Satellite is part of Cochrane, a global organisation that aims to help healthcare providers, policy-makers, and patients, make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining, and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions and factors affecting their implementation.

We are a satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) based at the University of Oxford in the UK.  The focus of our team is on systematic reviews that address high priority health systems questions for LMICs. We are responsible for supporting the review author teams across the world who are producing these reviews as well as for the editorial processes needed to publish these reviews in The Cochrane Library. EPOC reviews published in the Cochrane Library have an impact factor of 13 (2019).

We are housed within the Global Health Cluster in the Division for Health Services at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). We receive internal support from NIPH as well as external funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (Norad). This funding allows us to provide support to review authors in LMICs, including EPOC Fellowships for EPOC review authors from LMICs to travel to our editorial base to receive methodological support to complete their reviews.

What we do

  • We provide methodological support to EPOC review authors for title registration and for protocol and review development
  • We strengthen the capacity of EPOC review authors in LMICs to undertake systematic reviews on health systems questions. We do this through supporting them throughout the review process and by providing EPOC Fellowships to allow them to spend time at the satellite in Oslo to receive support and training
  • We support health policy makers to make well-informed decisions based on the best available global evidence. For example, our reviews have informed a number of WHO guidelines, including on digital interventions for strengthening health systems and antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience
  • We undertake research to develop new methods and tools for undertaking systematic reviews and for using evidence in decision making. Tools that we have developed recently include the GRADE evidence-to-decision frameworks and a template for conducting qualitative evidence syntheses

Our high priority reviews

For more information about the Norwegian EPOC satellite and our portfolio of health systems reviews, please visit our website.

See the full project description at Cristin for more information about results, researchers, contact information etc.

Project participants

Project leader

Simon Arnold Lewin, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project participants

Andrew David Oxman, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Atle Fretheim, Helsetjenester, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Marita Sporstøl Fønhus, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Signe Agnes Flottorp, Avdeling for vurdering av tiltak, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Marit Johansen, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Elizabeth Joan Paulsen, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Sarah Ellen Rosenbaum, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Claire Glenton, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Espen Movik, Avdeling for vurdering av tiltak, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Susan Kyomuhendo Munabi-Babigumira, Avdeling for global helse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Start

26.01.2010

End

20.01.2090

Status

Active

Financing

FHI NORAD

Project owner/ Project manager

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project manager

Simon Arnold Lewin


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