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Mental and neurological health research priorities setting in developing countries

Khandelwal, Sudhir, Avodé, Gilbert, Baingana, Florence, Conde, Bernado, Cruz, Marcelo, Deva, Parameshvara, Dumas, Michel, Gulbinat, Walter, Lopez, Carmen, Mayeya, John, Mubbashar, Malik H., Mohit, Ahmad, Ndeti, David, Puras, Dainius, Saeed, Khalid, Schilder, Klaas, Silberberg, Donald, Tomov, Toma, Townsend, Clare, Iemmi, Valentina ORCID: 0000-0003-3301-0689 and Jenkins, Rachel (2010) Mental and neurological health research priorities setting in developing countries. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45 (4). pp. 487-495. ISSN 0933-7954

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s00127-009-0089-2


Introduction A multi-region consultation process designed to generate locally produced regional and global research priorities on mental and neurological health in low- and middle-income countries. Methods Between 2003 and 2005, priority setting exercises on MNH research, using the systematic combined approach matrix (CAM) were held in the six regions of the developing world. One regional meeting per region was convened, and a global meeting was organized before and after the regional exercises. Results During regional meetings, regional agendas were created listing both research priorities and local problems in MNH. During global meetings, a global research agenda was established and four crucial areas of research priorities were identified: awareness and advocacy, enhancement of research capacity, training for service delivery, and development of evidence based policy. Conclusions The combined matrix approach enabled the development of regional and global MNH research agendas, derived from bottom up consultations within and between low- and middle-income countries. Collaboration between regions with similar priorities was instituted. Such research agendas are designed to assist policy-makers and donors in the allocation of scarce resources, but they require regular review to reflect changing needs.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Springer-Verlag
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:11
Funders: Global Network for MNH Research

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