Maternal and Perinatal Health Research Priorities Beyond 2015: An International Survey and Prioritization Exercise

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

maternal and perinatal health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Maternal mortality has declined by nearly half since 1990, but over a quarter million women still die every year of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal-health related targets are falling short of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and a post-2015 Development Agenda is emerging. In connection with this, setting global research priorities for the next decade is now required.

What was the objective?

to identify and set global research priorities for maternal and perinatal health for the period 2015 to 2025

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 20 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: participants invited to provide three research questions in seven domains (obstetric haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP), maternal sepsis, abortion, difficult/obstructed labour, preterm birth, and stillbirth), 980 research questions submitted, these were considered together with 95 research questions generated through other recent research prioritization processes. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis: resulting in 234 questions, technical consultation produced consolidated list with 190 research questions. Step 3: scoring: participants were asked to score each question

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, healthcare providers, program managers, and other stakeholders. Step 1: 339 participants. Step 3: 140 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

An invitation was sent to a large number of active researchers in the field of maternal and perinatal health, identified through bibliographic metrics and other information available. In addition, invitations were also sent to program managers and policymakers identified in contact lists of WHO and partner organizations.

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.