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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192-197

Knowledge brokering for evidence-based urban health policy: a proposed framework

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD, United States of America

Correspondence Address:
Adnan A Hyder
Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, Suite E-8132, Baltimore MD 21205
United States of America
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2224-3151.206768

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This paper presents a multidimensional approach to examining the urban evidence–policy interface in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and applies this approach to a case study from Pakistan. Key features of urban health policy and the significance of the evidence–policy interface in rapidly changing LMICs are articulated; characteristics of evidence that has been successfully incorporated into health policy are also defined. An urban health evidence-to-policy exploratory framework for LMICs based on innovative multidisciplinary thinking and pivotal knowledge brokering is presented. Application of the framework to a case study on road transport and health in urban Pakistan underscores the opportunities and utility of knowledge brokering. Public health practitioners can become knowledge brokers at the evidence–policy interface to develop a concerted, coordinated and informed response to urban health challenges in LMICs.

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