Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 487–495

Mental and neurological health research priorities setting in developing countries

  • Sudhir Khandelwal
  • Gilbert Avodé
  • Florence Baingana
  • Bernado Conde
  • Marcelo Cruz
  • Parameshvara Deva
  • Michel Dumas
  • Walter Gulbinat
  • Carmen Lopez
  • John Mayeya
  • Malik H. Mubbashar
  • Ahmad Mohit
  • David Ndeti
  • Dainius Puras
  • Khalid Saeed
  • Klaas Schilder
  • Donald Silberberg
  • Toma Tomov
  • Clare Townsend
  • Valentina Iemmi
  • Rachel Jenkins
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00127-009-0089-2

Cite this article as:
Khandelwal, S., Avodé, G., Baingana, F. et al. Soc Psychiat Epidemiol (2010) 45: 487. doi:10.1007/s00127-009-0089-2

Abstract

Introduction

A multi-region consultation process designed to generate locally produced regional and global research priorities on mental and neurological health in low- and middle-income countries.

Methods

Between 2003 and 2005, priority setting exercises on MNH research, using the systematic combined approach matrix (CAM) were held in the six regions of the developing world. One regional meeting per region was convened, and a global meeting was organized before and after the regional exercises.

Results

During regional meetings, regional agendas were created listing both research priorities and local problems in MNH. During global meetings, a global research agenda was established and four crucial areas of research priorities were identified: awareness and advocacy, enhancement of research capacity, training for service delivery, and development of evidence based policy.

Conclusions

The combined matrix approach enabled the development of regional and global MNH research agendas, derived from bottom up consultations within and between low- and middle-income countries. Collaboration between regions with similar priorities was instituted. Such research agendas are designed to assist policy-makers and donors in the allocation of scarce resources, but they require regular review to reflect changing needs.

Keywords

Health research Developing countries The combined matrix approach 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sudhir Khandelwal
    • 1
  • Gilbert Avodé
    • 2
  • Florence Baingana
    • 3
  • Bernado Conde
    • 4
  • Marcelo Cruz
    • 5
  • Parameshvara Deva
    • 6
  • Michel Dumas
    • 7
  • Walter Gulbinat
    • 8
  • Carmen Lopez
    • 9
  • John Mayeya
    • 10
  • Malik H. Mubbashar
    • 11
  • Ahmad Mohit
    • 12
  • David Ndeti
    • 13
  • Dainius Puras
    • 14
  • Khalid Saeed
    • 15
  • Klaas Schilder
    • 16
  • Donald Silberberg
    • 17
  • Toma Tomov
    • 18
  • Clare Townsend
    • 19
  • Valentina Iemmi
    • 20
  • Rachel Jenkins
    • 21
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Abomey-CalaviCotonouBenin
  3. 3.Public Mental Health Institute of Public HealthMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry Medical Arts BuildingUniversity of Santo TomasManilaPhilippines
  5. 5.Neurology PanAndean Corporation for Research and Development AvenidaQuitoEcuador
  6. 6.Department of PsychiatrySSB HospitalKuala BelaitBrunei
  7. 7.Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Tropical NeurologyUniversity of LimogesLimoges CedexFrance
  8. 8.Global Network for Research in Mental and Neurological HealthLichtensteinGermany
  9. 9.Adolescence Programme, Ministry of HealthSantiagoChilie
  10. 10.Central Board of HealthLusakaZambia
  11. 11.University of Health SciencesPunjabIndia
  12. 12.World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional OfficeNasr City, CairoEgypt
  13. 13.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of NairobiNairobiKenya
  14. 14.Department of PsychiatryVilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania
  15. 15.Eastern Mediterranean Regional OfficeNasr CityEgypt
  16. 16.GGzEEindhovenThe Netherlands
  17. 17.Emeritus Department of Neurology, The Mahoney Institute of Neurological SciencesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  18. 18.Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Human RelationsNew Bulgarian UniversitySofiaBulgaria
  19. 19.Policy and Economics GroupQueensland Centre for Schizophrenia ResearchThe Park, WacolAustralia
  20. 20.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  21. 21.World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of PsychiatryKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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