Systematic review on how primary healthcare workers in LMICs obtain information for prescribing

26 June, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

(Please see request for help below)

As many of you will be aware, HIFA is assisting with a new systematic review on how primary healthcare workers in LMICs obtain information for prescribing, overseen by Chris Smith and Michelle Van Velthoven, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Nagasaki University. Our thanks to all HIFA members who have helped with this so far, and special thanks to HYIFA member Malcolm Brewster, who has volunteered many hours of his time.

See the protocol for our research in BMJ Open:

In summary, Michelle reports: 'We conducted searches in February 2018 and produced 60,497 records after removing duplicates. We discarded 60,375 records after a review of titles and abstracts. We assessed 122 full- text articles for eligibility (Criteria for Inclusion Sheet). Nineteen studies met our inclusion criteria. Twelve observational (Table 1) and seven intervention (Table 2) studies involving primary healthcare workers in LMIC (low-income or lower-middle-income economies) who prescribe and/or dispense medication were included. 103 full-text papers were excluded with reasons provided (Table 3).'

Michelle has uploaded the following read-only documents for your review:

Table 1 and 2:Â

Table 3:



*Michelle is now reaching out to ask for our help.* As described in the protocol, the aim was to reach out to the HIFA network for additional relevant publications. We would like to ask HIFA members to review tables 1, 2 and 3 above, and let Michelle/us know about any studies that have been missed? Please note the paper is not yet published so the content of these tables should not be circulated beyond HIFA.

Your help will enable Michelle and Chris to complete the analysis and write-up of the review for submission in the coming months.

With thanks to all, and to Chris and Michelle for this opportunity to collaborate.

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator HIFA Project on Information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines

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