A Survey Study Identified Global Research Priorities for Decreasing Maternal Mortality

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

maternal mortality

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

More research from low- and middle-income countries is needed to better understand and address all the circumstances around maternal deaths, including further review of the impact that health systems and policies have on them. To reduce these knowledge gaps, research priorities must be identified, prioritized, and addressed, and research findings must be made visible, available, and accessible for appropriate and timely implementation.

What was the objective?

to identify and prioritize research gaps to help decrease maternal mortality

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 62 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey: initial list of 319 questions built from 178 Cochrane systematic reviews, participants were asked to rate each question. Step 2: data processing: data analysis: only including high or very high importance ratings in survey 2, resulting in list of 62 questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey: participants were asked to re-rate the 62 highly relevant research questions

Which stakeholders took part?

Cochrane collaborators. Delphi round 1: 73 participants. Delphi round 2: 363 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.