Research Priorities in the Field of HIV and AIDS in Iran

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

HIV/AIDS

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Asia - Iran

Why was it conducted at all?

Based on available statistics, Iran similar to many other countries in EMR, is facing with concentrated epidemic level for HIV infection from a few years ago. According to the latest United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) report in 2010 more than 22000 HIV positive cases had been identified in Iran until September 2009; however, United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that 86000 people are living with HIV in Iran.[7,8] Based on the above explanation, we have to comprehensively approach to HIV infection. HIV infection has many aspects, from molecular to social and political aspects. Hence, to tackle with this threat, many sectors and disciplines have to work together efficiently. In addition, because of many dilemmas in this field with specific responses that are compatible with local cultures, community oriented research plays a very important role. Therefore, we believe that a comprehensive map for researches based on a need assessment project is necessary.

What was the objective?

to prioritize the major areas of research on HIV/AIDS in Iran

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 4 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

Delphi

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: brainstorming session with participants on research issues. Step 2: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to rate each topic from 0 to 100. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Experts in subnational/ national and international institutes working in the clinical fields of hiv treatment, care and support and also those involved in the basic and applied research and surveillance. 13 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A list of Iranian experts in all different fields of HIV/AIDS from the list of corresponding authors of the papers/documents published during five years before the study was established.

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.