About the Authors

John N. Lavis

lavisj@mcmaster.ca

Affiliations McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Competing Interests

The author declares that he has no financial competing interests, however, he does have competing professional interests in that the article highlights a number of review-derived products, some of which are commissioned or produced by World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored initiatives, Cochrane Collaboration centres and review groups, and other initiatives with which he has an affiliation. Specifically, he: (1) is a co-editor of the (WHO) Health Evidence Network/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies policy brief series, is chair of the Pan American Health Organization (WHO's American Regional Office) Advisory Committee on Health Research, is a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research, and is a member of the Global Steering Group and the Global Resource Group for the WHO-sponsored EVIPNet initiative; (2) is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration's Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) review group and is affiliated with the Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre; and (3) is an affiliate of the European Commission-funded SUPPORT project, collaborates with the researchers leading Health-evidence.ca and Rx for Change, and leads the development and updating process for the PPD/CCNC database.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: JNL. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: JNL. Wrote the first draft of the paper: JNL.