A framework for comparative analysis of health systems: experiences from the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
Judith Mary Healy, Shenglan Tang, Walaiporn Patcharanarumol, Peter Leslie Annear
WHO South East Asia J Public Health | Published : 2018
Drawing on published work from the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, this paper presents a framework for undertaking comparative studies on the health systems of countries. Organized under seven types of research approaches, such as national case-studies using a common format, this framework is illustrated using studies of low- and middle-income countries published by the Asia Pacific Observatory. Such studies are important contributions, since much of the health systems research literature comes from high-income countries. No one research approach, however, can adequately analyse a health system, let alone produce a nuanced comparison of different countries. Multiple ..View full abstract