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dc.contributor.authorGeorge, A. S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGhaffar, A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHPSR HRH reader collaboratorsen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-15T15:06:37Z
dc.date.available2018-10-15T15:06:37Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-14
dc.identifier.citationGeorge A.S., Campbell, J., Ghaffar, A., and HPSR HRH reader collaborators (2018). Advancing the science behind human resources for health: highlights from the Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Health. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16 (80).en_US
dc.identifier.issn1478-4505en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/8989
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12961-018-0346-5
dc.descriptionHPSR HRH Reader collaborators include Seye Abimbola, University of Sydney, Australia; Raeda AbuAlRub, University of Science and Technology, Jordan; Aarushi Bhatnagar, Oxford Policy Management, India; Marjolein Dieleman, Royal Tropical Institute, The Netherlands; Aku Kwamie, Ghana; Veloshnee Govender, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Switzerland; Luis Huicho, Cayetano Heredia University, Peru; Uta Lehmann, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Tim Martineau, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK; Ligia Paina, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA; Prashanth NS, Institute of Public Health, India; Timothy Roberton, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA; Krishna D Rao, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA; Kerry Scott, India; Veena Sriram, University of Chicago, USA; Stephanie Topp, James Cook University, Australia; Sophie Witter, Queen Margaret University, UK.en_US
dc.description.abstractHealth workers are central to people-centred health systems, resilient economies and sustainable development. Given the rising importance of the health workforce, changing human resource for health (HRH) policy and practice and recent health policy and systems research (HPSR) advances, it is critical to reassess and reinvigorate the science behind HRH as part of health systems strengthening and social development more broadly. Building on the recently published Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Health (the Reader), this commentary reflects on the added value of HPSR underpinning HRH. HPSR does so by strengthening the multi-disciplinary base and rigour of HRH research by (1) valuing diverse research inferences and (2) deepening research enquiry and quality. It also anchors the relevance of HRH research for HRH policy and practice by (3) broadening conceptual boundaries and (4) strengthening policy engagement. Most importantly, HPSR enables us to transform HRH from being faceless numbers or units of health producers to the heart and soul of health systems and vital change agents in our communities and societies. Health workers’ identities and motivation, daily routines and negotiations, and training and working environments are at the centre of successes and failures of health interventions, health system functioning and broader social development. Further, in an increasingly complex globalised economy, the expansion of the health sector as an arena for employment and the liberalisation of labour markets has contributed to the unprecedented movement of health workers, many or most of whom are women, not only between public and private health sectors, but also across borders. Yet, these political, human development and labour market realities are often set aside or elided altogether. Health workers’ lives and livelihoods, their contributions and commitments, and their individual and collective agency are ignored. The science of HRH, offering new discoveries and deeper understanding of how universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals are dependent on millions of health workers globally, has the potential to overcome this outdated and ineffective orthodoxy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at WHO enabled the formation of the writing collaborative that supported the HPSR Reader on HRH and the reflections in this commentary. Asha George is additionally supported by the South African Research Chair’s Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa (Grant No 82769). Any opinion, finding and conclusion or recommendation expressed in this material is that of the author and the NRF does not accept any liability in this regard.en_US
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dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHealth Research Policy and Systemsen_US
dc.rights© The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
dc.subjectHealth Policy and Systems Researchen_US
dc.subjectHuman Resources for Healthen_US
dc.subjectMulti-disciplinarityen_US
dc.subjectRigouren_US
dc.subjectPolicy Engagementen_US
dc.titleAdvancing the science behind human resources for health: highlights from the Health Policy and Systems Research Reader on Human Resources for Healthen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-06-22
dc.description.volume16en_US
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_US
rioxxterms.publicationdate2018-08-14
refterms.dateFCA2018-08-14
refterms.dateFCD2018-10-15
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qmu.authorWitter, Sophie
qmu.centreInstitute for Global Health and Developmenten_US
dc.description.number80en_US
refterms.versionVoRen_US
refterms.dateDeposit2018-10-15


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