New template for writing HiTs

The Observatory is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved template for the Health system profile (HiT) series. HiT profiles are country-based reports that provide a detailed description of a health system and of policy initiatives in progress or under development. They are produced by country experts in collaboration with the Observatory staff. The HiT template is designed to guide the writing of HiTs by setting out key questions, definitions and examples needed to compile a country profile of the health system. This new edition of the template is a revised version of the template from 2007 and incorporates the many useful comments and suggestions from users and contributors.

The new template is the result of a consultation process with HiT editors, previous HiT authors, Observatory National Lead Institutions (NLIs), WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and other Observatory partners. Additionally, prototype versions of the new template were used to produce the recently published Belgium HiT profile and the upcoming Slovakia HiT to provide additional insight on the usability of the new template in practice. Several sections have been reorganized to improve accessibility and clarity for readers, while the design has been greatly improved to help authors and editors in the writing process. The result is a template that is more user-friendly for authors as it now includes clear sign posting for ‘essential’ versus ‘discretionary’ sections as well as indicators for tables and figures. Other new features include: summary paragraphs for all chapters; a revised and extended chapter on performance assessment; and increased focus on public health and intersectorality.