McMaster Health Forum | Impact - Finding Evidence

Through our various programs, we can help health-system leaders and citizens find the best available research evidence on pressing health-system challenges. Through Forum+, we are now beginning to do the same for social-system challenges.


“Health Systems Evidence is as an excellent one-stop shop of regularly updated and freely accessible research evidence on health systems. The evidence is systematically presented, often appraised and summarized, and guided search options provided. The WHO Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet Europe) and its member countries often draw on this user-friendly repository to support national health system reform processes.”
Tanja Kuchenmüller, Technical Officer, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

“Health Systems Evidence is a critical resource for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative. Through our PHC Evidence portal, they provide essential resources that show our users best practices for improving primary health care around the world. Having a solid, easily-accessible evidence base is one of the first steps to transforming health systems, and the PHC Evidence portal powered by Health Systems Evidence puts this information at our fingertips.”
Senior Program Associate, Results for Development

“The work of the McMaster Health Forum on rapid syntheses helps the Ministry in making informed health policy decisions. As part of our commitment to evidence informed policy, we value the ability of the McMaster Health Forum’s Rapid Response program to provide high quality syntheses about health systems issues with time lines that match the needs of our strategic planning cycles.”
Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Innovation Division, British Columbia Ministry of Health

“The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has used the McMaster Health Forum rapid synthesis approach three times for important topics including sexual abuse recidivism, and indicators of quality in physicians’ practices.  Rapid synthesis is a valuable service for any organization on the front line of health and medical care looking to make strategic decisions that are grounded in evidence, and that can be provided in a short period of time.  The reports can’t give you all the answers, but they have provided the College with excellent information and a useful starting point to ask further questions and conduct more focused reviews.  It’s a great example of evidence informing regulatory policies and programs in some critical public interest areas that have practical implications for patients.”
Dan Faulkner, Deputy Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

“I encourage you all to visit the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, and to refer it to those you know who would benefit form it’s resources. Remember, we are all aging, so let’s age optimally!”
Dr. Yves Joannete, Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute of Aging

“Check out the Portal – an amazing healthy ageing resource!”
Dr. Samir Sinha, Provincial Lead, Ontario’s Seniors Strategy; and Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals, Toronto

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