The objective of INCLEN’s Knowledge ‘Plus’ Project is to improve health of poor people through the development, dissemination, and implementation of research driven health practice guidelines. The program identifies priority health problems and relevant available knowledge regarding such problems; appraises knowledge for efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency; implements, monitors and evaluates respective K+ packages. The ‘Plus’ consists of improved tools for assessing local appropriateness and equity including the use of tacit knowledge. Two topics have been chosen for Phase 1: Acute respiratory tract infections in children under five years old and management of tuberculosis. Filter tools for validity and equity have been developed along with an INCLEN K+ database.
- INCLEN has developed seven steps for the program
- Identification of priority health problems and potential clients
- Identification of available relevant knowledge
- Appraisal of efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency
- Filters for local appropriateness and equity
- Preparation of knowledge ‘Plus’ packages
- Dissemination and implementation
- Development of tools to monitor and evaluate outcomes
K+ is expected to achieve a high specificity and level of integration of “best appropriate practices” and is designed to inform policy makers, health care providers and the general public.