Occupational Health Research Priorities in Malaysia: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

occupational health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Asia - Malaysia

Why was it conducted at all?

As occupational health and safety is a multidisciplinary field that requires collaboration between individual people and organisations with different expertise and functions for its goals to be achieved, broad consensus should be obtained from as many people and organisations as possible.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities in occupational health in Malaysia

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?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to identify three broad priority areas for occupational health research with respect to research needs for knowledge, assessment, and management of occupational related ill health, participants identified series of specific items. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rank each of the five broad headings and their subitems as well as additional 11 specific topics in order of importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Government ministries, industry, and professional organizations, and university departments with an interest in occupational and public health. Delphi round 1: 55 participants. Delphi round 2: 72 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Staff from the occupational health unit of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, produced a list of all organizations with an interest in occupational health. These organizations were grouped into those representing government departments, universities, and major industries (mainly large industries with occupational health departments). Sufficient publicity was given through preliminary meetings with representatives from the different organizations to promote participation in the exercise. Representatives from all organizations in the three groups were then formally invited to participate in the study by letter. For phase two a second questionnaire was sent to all those who participated in phase one plus an additional 17 people from the same organizations that had expressed an interest in this phase of the study.

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.