How do health systems improve? How do they keep pace with research innovation? How can they ensure that health care is meeting the highest possible standards? One solution is called the «learning health system» – a systematic approach to continuously improving health care.
Based on the results from the International Spinal Cord Injury Survey (InSCI) in 2017/2018, conducted in 22 countries, we will analyze what persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) require from the health system. This will give us a baseline for evaluating the capacity of the national health systems to meet these needs, and to begin to develop a proposal for a «learning health system for SCI». In light of the application of a country-level health system capacity tool, we will be able to assess health systems responses to the needs of people with SCI as well as the pathways for strengthening health systems.
This will serve as the basis for developing criteria for a learning health system for SCI that can satisfy the recommendations set forth in the Report «International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury» published in 2013 by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).