Evidence Aid newsletter: 16 June 2022
Welcome to the June 2022 newsletter from Evidence Aid. Please forward it to anyone who might be interested. If they would like to receive our newsletters directly, they should email email@example.com.
New members of the Evidence Aid team for our new projects
We are delighted to welcome back Ana Pizarro, Yasmeen Saeed and Jane McHugh and to say “hello” to our new Senior Research Manager, Cristián Mansilla, who will work on the expansion of our Resilient Health Systems collection, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization. We’re also delighted to welcome Epaminondas La Bella and Sumra Ali, who have both worked with Evidence Aid as volunteers, into the team working with the World Health Organization to further develop the Knowledge Hub for the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management.
Recent additions to our Evidence Collections
Disaster triage aims to use resources efficiently and improve patient outcomes. The START algorithm is intended to help with patient triage after a disaster and this review brings together evidence from 32 studies that have looked at its accuracy. The authors of the review concluded that, although the START triage tool may be comparable in accuracy to other triage tools, a more accurate triage tool should be developed for use in disasters.
Patients face barriers to equitable access to health care in many countries. Evidence from 58 systematic reviews in this overview might help policy makers to overcome these barriers and ensure universal access to health care. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), common barriers to access were gender, lack of decision-making power, low income and lack of access to money. While, in both LMICs and high-income countries (HICs), lack of education, ethnicity and distance to services were other commonly reported barriers. In LMICs, a common delay to accessing health care was the unavailability of services, while, in HICs, waiting lists were a common cause of delay.
The COVID-19 pandemic and other respiratory disease outbreaks can lead to surges in demand for healthcare services. Facilitators to the implementation of human resources for health capacity during surges that were identified in this review include resource reallocation, staffing models that are adjusted to the pandemic, broader training for in-service workers and volunteer engagement.
Evidence Aid Board of Trustees
We are delighted to welcome Xavier Bosch-Capblanch, Hadley Solomon and Rik Viergever to the Evidence Aid Board of Trustees.
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