Our priority reviews

We conducted a prioritising exercise within the EPOC editorial team (July 2017) of the reviews in our portfolio. We used the Cochrane Update Classification as a guide and consulted with others working in the field, namely policy-makers and healthcare services researchers. This is an ongoing process, which we prospectively apply to new titles.

Below is the list of our high priority reviews.

Reviews marked update needed require new contributors (or in some cases a completely new author team) to take responsibility for updating and maintaining the review. Please contact us for more information.

Delivery arrangements | Financial arrangements | Governance arrangements | Implementation strategies

DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS

  • Admission avoidance hospital at home | LINK
  • Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of doctor-nurse substitution strategies in primary care: qualitative evidence synthesis | LINK
  • Birth and death notification via mobile devices | LINK
  • Community pharmacy interventions for health promotion: effects on professional practice and health outcomes1LINK
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults admitted to hospital | LINK
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older people admitted to a surgical service | LINK
  • Consultation liaison in primary care for people with mental disorders (Update needed) | LINK
  • Decision‐support tools via mobile devices to improve quality of care in primary healthcare settings | LINK
  • Delivery arrangements for health systems in low-income countries: an overview of systematic review | LINK
  • Digital tracking, provider decision support systems, and targeted client communication via mobile devices to improve primary health care | LINK
  • Discharge planning from hospital1 | LINK
  • Effectiveness of staffing models in residential, subacute, extended aged care settings on patient and staff outcomes | LINK
  • Factors that influence the provision of intrapartum and postnatal care by skilled birth attendants in low and middle income countries: qualitative evidence synthesis | LINK
  • Factors that influence the uptake of routine antenatal services by pregnant women: a qualitative evidence synthesis | LINK
  • Frontline workers experiences and perceptions on the provision of integrated care services in primary healthcare facilities: qualitative evidence synthesis
  • Hospital nurse staffing models and patient and staff-related outcomes | LINK
  • Hospitalisation in short-stay units for adults with internal medicine diseases and conditions | LINK
  • Integrated community case management of childhood illness in low- and middle-income countries | LINK
  • Interactive telemedicine: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes | LINK
  • Interprofessional collaboration to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes | LINK
  • Interventions to improve outpatient referrals from primary care to secondary care1 | LINK
  • Interventions to reduce waiting times for elective procedures | LINK
  • Lay health workers in primary and community health care for maternal and child health and the management of infectious diseases | LINK
  • Mobile‐based technologies to support client to healthcare provider communication and management of care | LINK
  • Mobile‐based technologies to support healthcare provider to healthcare provider communication and management of care | LINK
  • Non-medical prescribing versus medical prescribing for acute and chronic disease management in primary and secondary care | LINK
  • Non-specialist health worker interventions for the care of mental, neurological and substance-abuse disorders in low- and middle-income countries | LINK
  • Nurses as substitutes for doctors in primary care | LINK
  • Patient reminder and recall interventions to improve immunization rates1 | LINK
  • Perceptions and experiences of labour companionship: a qualitative evidence synthesis | LINK
  • Primary care professionals providing non-urgent care in hospital emergency departments | LINK
  • Routine Health Information System (RHIS) interventions to improve health systems management | LINK
  • Shared care across the interface between primary and specialty care in management of long term conditions | LINK
  • Strategies for integrating primary health services in low- and middle-income countries at the point of delivery | LINK
  • Telephone consultation and triage: effects on health care use and patient satisfaction (Update needed) | LINK
  • The effect of pharmacist-provided non-dispensing services on patient outcomes, health service utilisation and costs in low- and middle-income countries (Update needed) | LINK
  • Tracking health commodity inventory and notifying stock levels via mobile devices | LINK



FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
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  • An overview of reviews evaluating the effectiveness of financial incentives in changing healthcare professional behaviours and patient outcomes | LINK
  • Changes in out-of-pocket payments on utilisation of health care services | LINK
  • Conditional cash transfers: impact on health outcomes and use of health services in low and middle income countries | LINK
  • Financial arrangements for health systems in low-income countries: an overview of systematic reviews | LINK
  • Payment methods for outpatient care facilities | LINK
  • Paying for performance to improve the delivery of health interventions in low- and middle-income countries | LINK
  • The impact of user fees on access to health services in low- and middle-income countries (Update needed) | LINK



GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS
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  • Governance arrangements for health systems in low-income countries: an overview of systematic reviews | LINK
  • Pharmaceutical policies: effects of restrictions on reimbursement2 (Update needed) | LINK
  • Strategies for expanding health insurance coverage in vulnerable populations | LINK



IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES
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  • Audit and feedback: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes | LINK
  • Continuing education meetings and workshops: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes | LINK
  • Educational outreach visits: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes | LINK
  • E-learning for health professionals | LINK
  • Impact of public release of performance data on the behaviour of healthcare consumers and providers | LINK
  • Implementation strategies for health systems in low-income countries: an overview of systematic reviews | LINK
  • Interprofessional education: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes (Update needed) | LINK
  • Interventions for improving coverage of childhood immunisation in low- and middle-income countries | LINK
  • Interventions for improving outcomes in patients with multimorbidity in primary care and community settings | LINK
  • Interventions for increasing the use of shared decision making by healthcare professionals | LINK
  • Interventions for reducing medication errors in children in hospital | LINK
  • Interventions for reducing medication errors in hospitalised adults | LINK
  • Interventions to change the behaviour of health professionals and the organisation of care to promote weight reduction in children and adults with overweight or obesity | LINK
  • Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients | LINK
  • Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices in ambulatory care | LINK
  • Interventions to improve the appropriate use of polypharmacy for older people | LINK
  • Interventions to optimise prescribing for older people in care homes | LINK
  • Managerial supervision to improve primary health care in low- and middle-income countries | LINK
  • Non-clinical interventions for reducing unnecessary caesarean section | LINK
  • Physical environmental designs in residential care to improve quality of life of older people | LINK
  • Professional, structural and organisational interventions in primary care for reducing medication errors | LINK
  • Routine provision of information on patient-reported outcome measures to healthcare providers and patients in clinical practice | LINK
  • Tailored interventions to address determinants of practice | LINK

1 This review also falls under Implementation strategies in the EPOC taxonomy
2 One of a series of pharmaceutical policy reviews

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