Health Systems Guidance and Intelligence

Clinical decisions are ideally based on guidelines informed by the best available evidence. Health systems decisions, that is decisions that involve specific arrangements of health systems domains such as the health workforce, financing mechanisms, or leadership and governance, are equally important and may have direct and/or indirect consequences for society and individuals’ health.

However, developing recommendations and guidelines on a systems level poses distinctive challenges. For example, health systems evidence is often context‐specific and more prone to bias. Even if good evidence exists, the uptake of health system recommendations heavily depends on the policy process, political economy, and decision culture. The implementation of effective health systems guidance requires transparent and systematic methods and suitable information systems to inform decision-making. The SLHS coordinates a number of projects that develop novel tools for health systems guidance, applying the principles of systems thinking, and new methodology, technology and standards supporting health intelligence.

Involved partner institutions:

Swiss Learning Health System
University of Lucerne
Department of Health Sciences and Medicine
Frohburgstrasse 3
6002 Lucerne
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