Helping evidence-based public health guidelines work in the real world

April 3, 2019

Dr. Jeremy GrimshawDr. Jeremy Grimshaw played an important role in an international exercise to strengthen how the World Health Organization develops guidelines to improve public health. The world’s governments use these guidelines to set their health care policy. However, developing public health guidelines that work equally well in many economic and cultural contexts is challenging. Dr. Grimshaw was part of a team of international research experts, WHO staff and UN agencies that met to develop evidence-based methods that can be used to inform WHO guidelines. He chaired several of the meetings and is an author on three papers in the series published in BMJ Global Health. The group explored the best ways to summarize data from qualitative studies like interviews and case studies, which can help predict how well an intervention will work in different contexts. Ultimately their work should lead to more impactful guidelines that will meet the health needs of various countries.

“It’s exciting to be part of an international project that could improve health policy around the world,” said Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw, senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital and professor at the University of Ottawa.

Funding: United States Agency for International Development, The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Research at The Ottawa Hospital is possible because of generous donations to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

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