Setting Priorities for Global Mental Health Research

Tomlinson et al. (2009) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

One strategy to redress this imbalance is to invest abundantly in mental health research in low- and middle-income countries. The many possibilities for mental health research in such countries are beyond the capability of any one government or agency to fund; therefore, guidelines are needed to help define priorities for mental health research investments.

What was the objective?

to address investment priorities in mental health research at the global level and to propose a more rational use of scarce funds in this area by using a systematic method for setting priorities in health research investments recently developed by the Child Health Research Nutrition Initiative (CHNRI)

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

CHNRI approach

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: selecting expert group and defining context. Step 2: collecting research questions: experts were asked to generate a list of research questions by research domain (epidemiological research or research to inform priority setting, research to improve efficiency of health systems already in place, focusing on health policy and systems, research to improve affordability and deliverability of existing interventions, or research to develop new health interventions), total of 290 questions proposed, questions combined and synthesized, resulting in final list of 55 questions. Step 3: scoring: experts scored questions along five criteria. Step 4: assigning weights to criteria: reference group was asked to rate criteria. Step 5: calculating research priority score

Which stakeholders took part?

Lancet mental health group: psychiatrists, psychologists, epidemiologists, an economist, a primary care physician and an anthropologist. 39 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Members of the Lancet Mental Health Group were invited to participate.

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.