Mental and Neurological Health Research Priorities Setting in Developing Countries

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental and neurological health in low- and middle-income countries

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

There is now a considerable knowledge base for effec tive interventions (health promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of mortality) for many mental and neurological disorders in the developed world, but there is far less information for low-income countries, studies in cost-effectiveness are particularly sparse and the distribution of global resources in support of health research is grossly unbalanced. Where research in low-income countries is carried out, it is often driven by the research priorities of Western donors or Western researchers rather than locally engendered research priorities.

What was the objective?

to establish locally engendered research priorities in mental and neurological health in low and middle income countries

What was the outcome?

a list of 34 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CAM approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: national working groups developed list of agreed national research priorities in mental and neurological health (MNH). Step 2: regional meetings: to undertake a priority setting exercise, each country presented a review of the national situation in MNH and assessment of local MNH research capacity, countries also presented list of their country priorities in MNH research, followed by plenary discussion to establish shared list of research priorities in MNH, thematic analysis to formulate research priorities. Step 3: global meeting: summarizing regional and global priorities

Which stakeholders took part?

Governmental organizations, service providers, academicians, professionals, NGOs, relatives and users.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited from a wide range of sectors and stakeholders' representatives (governmental organizations (GOs), service providers, academics, professionals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), relatives and users) from the constituent countries.

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.