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Keywords:

  • systematic reviews;
  • maternal and child health;
  • evidence-based medicine

Summary

This paper summarises the discussions and the recommendations formulated during a meeting in March 2007 on the challenges and strategies to increase the impact of maternal and childbirth health systematic reviews in the Americas. The discussions addressed three specific themes: (1) performing systematic reviews (2) updating existing reviews, and (3) diffusing and implementing evidence into practice. Practical recommendations were devised for each theme in small group discussions.