Developing a people-centred health systems research methodology

Developing a people-centred health systems research methodology

Knowledge is strengthDr Lucia D’Ambruoso leads of programme of research supported by the Health Systems Research Initiative from the MRC, ESRC, Welcome Trust. The research addresses recent estimates that two-thirds of the world's deaths pass unrecorded, by improving systems to record and report on deaths that occur outside clinics or without registration.

Through improved data, the work aims to improve the ability health systems to respond to the needs of vulnerable and excluded populations through partnership approaches with communities and researchers.

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  • Brooks C, D’Ambruoso L, Kazimierczak K, Ngobeni S, Twine R, Tollman S, Kahn K, Byass P (2017). Introducing visual participatory methods to develop local knowledge on HIV in rural South Africa. BMJ Global Health 2017 accepted forthcoming
  • Wariri O, D’Ambruoso L, Twine R, Ngobeni S, Van Der Merew M, Spies B, Kahn K, Tollman S (2017). Initiating participatory action research in health and demographic surveillance. Journal of Global Health 7:010413.
  • D'Ambruoso, L., Kahn, K., Wagner, R., Twine, R., Spies, B., Van Der Merwe, M., Gomez-Olive, X., Tollman, S. & Byass, P. (2016). 'Moving from medical to health systems classifications of deaths: extending verbal autopsy to collect information on the circumstances of mortality'. Global Health Research and Policy, vol 1, 2.
  • Hullur, N., D'Ambruoso, L., Edin, K., Wagner, R., Ngobeni, S., Kahn, K., Tollman, S. & Byass, P. (2016). 'Community perspectives on HIV, violence and health surveillance in rural South Africa: a participatory pilot study'. Journal of Global Health, vol 6, no. 1, 010406.