Our backgrounders are intended to help journalists, and others, understand the context and current available evidence on specific health policy issues in just a few, brief pages.

Backgrounders do not provide a viewpoint or opinion on a topic, but rather, detail the history of an issue and highlight why the issue is of importance today.  They also point the reader to the most reliable, balanced research, so that they may pursue the topic in more depth or fact-check the key details easily.

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