About the Authors

David H. Peters

dpeters@jhsph.edu

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

Sara Bennett

Competing Interests

SB in the past has been a co-author on papers with authors of the health systems guidance series: Lucy Gilson (2011), John Lavis (2009), Gunn Vist (2008), Andy Haines (2004), and Rifat Atun (unpublished policy brief in 2008). SB was employed under the same grant programme during the 1990s with Gilson. John Lavis and Lucy Gilson have served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and John-Arne Rottingen is the Chair of the Alliance Board, on which SB also serves. Fadi El-Jardali and Lucy Gilson are on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Health Policy and Planning, for which SB is a co-editor. DHP has declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: DHP. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: DHP SB. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: DHP SB. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: DHP SB.