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A new EPOC in Australian health research

Russell L Gruen, Heather Buchan, Jan Davies, Alain Mayhew and Jeremy M Grimshaw
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (1): 4-5.

Contributing to health services research, implementation and effective health policy-making

Some of the most pressing issues in Australian health care are not about the efficacy of particular treatments, but rather how health services can be organised to deliver optimal care. Examples of service-related initiatives familiar to most clinicians include:

Russell L Gruen, MB BS, PhD, FRACS, EPOC Editor1
Heather Buchan, MB ChB, MSc, FAFPHM, Chief Executive Officer2
Jan Davies, PhD, MBA, Executive Officer3
Alain Mayhew, MSc, Review Group Coordinator4
Jeremy M Grimshaw, MB ChB, PhD, FRCGP, Coordinating Editor5
1 Menzies School of Health Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.
2 National Institute of Clinical Studies, Melbourne, VIC.
3 Cochrane EPOC Review Group, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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