Mental Health Research Priorities in Low- And Middle-Income Countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

international

Why was it conducted at all?

Studies suggest a paucity of and lack of prioritization in mental health research from low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries.

What was the objective?

to investigate research priorities in mental health among researchers and other stakeholders in LAMI countries

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 5 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: items adapted from unpublished WHO questionnaire on mental health research, WHO-research policy and cooperation study on health research in LAMI countries and Australian study on mental health research priorities, participants were asked: Over the next 5 years, what in your opinion are the most important mental health research priorities in your country?, participants were asked to indicate their top three for type of mental health research, mental disorders/conditions, specific populations and criteria for prioritizing

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers, decision makers (legislators and officers of ministries of health, health insurance agencies, foundations and research councils), university administrators, and officers of associations (office bearers of associations of professionals, non-governmental organizations and associations of users and carers). 2194 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Researchers were identified through an exhaustive search of indexed (Medline and PsycInfo) and non-indexed literature. Other mental health stakeholders were identified through websites and reports of organizations, journals, regional databases, grey literature searches, ministries of health documents and snowball technique. Stakeholders included: decision makers (legislators and officers of ministries of health, health insurance agencies, foundations and research councils); university administrators; and officers of associations (office bearers of associations of professionals, non-governmental organizations and associations of users and carers.

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.