Evidence Synthesis (Policy Briefs & Rapid Response Synthesis)

A prerequisite for issue deliberation and learning cycles in the health system is the review of evidence that describes possible options to target the problems initially identified. The Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) delivers two such evidence synthesis tools, a) policy briefs, which serve as a basis for stakeholder dialogues, and b) rapid response syntheses.

Policy Brief

Once an issue for a stakeholder dialogue has been identified, the next step is to prepare a policy brief. A policy brief is a document that describes the problem at stake by explaining the relevant contextual factors. It presents a number of evidence-based solutions to the problem, and for each possible solution it explains relevant aspects, including expected benefits and costs, and potential barriers and facilitators to the implementation. The policy brief is then distributed to the participants of the dialogue prior to the deliberation.

Rapid Response Synthesis

The landscape of the Swiss health system is constantly changing and gaps in services or supplies can occur rather spontaneously. Rapid response syntheses are means to respond meaningfully and quickly to current issues in the health system. They identify and synthesize the best course of action by examining current evidence and possible solutions. The rapid response synthesis also includes an implementation guide with issue specific implementation considerations, monitoring and evaluation guidance.

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University of Lucerne
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