Setting Research Priorities for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- And Middle-Income Countries

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

adolescent sexual and reproductive health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health is an area in need of research and evidence-based policies. The support given by the World Health Organization (WHO) to research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health since the mid-1980s has contributed to the development of programmes in this area in many countries, yet in a recent survey that investigated perceived research priorities in reproductive health, most respondents still put adolescents at the top of the list.

What was the objective?

to conduct an expert-led process for identifying research priorities in adolescent sexual and reproductive health in low- and middle-income countries

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 36 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: literature review on known leading causes of adolescent morbidity and mortality linked to sexual and reproductive practices in low- and middle-income countries. Step 2: survey: researchers and program experts in adolescent health were asked to rank 10 potential priority areas having to do with the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents. Step 3: meeting: small group discussions on what issues needed to be addressed within each outcome area in the near (2015) or longer term (2020) future through research, questions were then synthesized. Step 4: refinement of questions: website was created to review questions, to suggest rewording and to remove and add questions. Step 5: participants were asked to score each question based on five criteria

Which stakeholders took part?

Researchers and program experts working in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health: WHO staff members, representatives of donor organizations from the United States and Europe, representatives of united nations organizations other than who, and employees of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Nearly 300 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Survey was sent out to 94 researchers and program experts working in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health via snowball method.

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.