Priority Setting for Mental Health Research in Chile
For which topic were research priorities identified?
In which location was the research priority setting conducted?
South America - Chile
Why was it conducted at all?
Scientific knowledge is a fundamental tool for making informed health policy decisions, but the link between health research and public policy decision-making is often missing.
What was the objective?
to identify and prioritize a national set of research gaps in mental health
What was the outcome?
a ranking list of 13 research questions
How long did the research prioritization take?
August 2010 - April 2011
Which methods were used to identify research priorities?
consultation; focus group; interview; survey
How were the priorities for research identified exactly?
Step 1: identifying knowledge gaps: via literature review, 6 interviews, 3 focus groups, overall 155 knowledge gaps identified. Step 2: identifying prioritization criteria. Step 3: online consultation with scientific community: participants were asked to formulate research questions. Step 4: knowledge gaps and research questions were reviewed and adapted to standard format. Step 5: prioritization survey: participants were asked to answer rate each research question along 3 criteria
Which stakeholders took part?
Mental health service users, members of the national commission for the protection of persons with mental disorders (NCPPMD), clinical services staff members, academics. Interviews: 6 participants. Focus groups: 18 participants. Consultation: 23 participants. Survey: team made up of DMH professionals and two consultants (an epidemiologist with mental health experience and a psychiatrist with public policy training).
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.