Scarcity and inequity of mental health research resources in low-and-middle income countries: A global survey

Scarcity and inequity of mental health research resources in low-and-middle income countries: A global survey

Author Razzouk, Denise Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sharan, Pratap Google Scholar
Gallo, Carla Google Scholar
Gureje, Oye Google Scholar
Lamberte, Exaltacion E. Google Scholar
Mari, Jair de Jesus Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Mazzotti, Guido Google Scholar
Patel, Vikram Google Scholar
Swartz, Leslie Google Scholar
Olifson, Sylvie Google Scholar
Levav, Itzhak Google Scholar
Francisco, Andres de Google Scholar
Saxena, Shekhar Google Scholar
WHO Global Forum Hlth Res Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Kings Coll London
All India Inst Med Sci
Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Univ Ibadan
De La Salle Univ
London Sch Hyg & Trop Med
Univ Stellenbosch
Human Sci Res Council
Global Forum Hlth Res
Minist Hlth
Abstract Objective: To map mental health research capacity and resources in low-and-middle-income countries (LAMIC) for the years 1993-2003.Method: Mental health researchers from 114 LAMIC in three continents were identified through their publications in two databases (Medline and PsycInfo) and from local grey literature. A questionnaire was developed and sent to authors to elicit information about researchers' background, available resources and details of up to three recent projects.Results: 4208 researchers from 83 countries were identified through 6340 mental health indexed-publications and 3598 publications from the grey literature. 912 researchers from 52 countries completed the questionnaires. Researchers and publications were concentrated in 10% of the countries. Respondents reported participation in 1847 projects, most of which were devoted to depression and anxiety disorders, substance misuse and psychoses. Epidemiologic studies, social, psychological and clinical research accounted for 80% of all projects. Two-thirds of projects had received external funding, and less than one-third of them were conducted in collaboration with other countries.Conclusion: Mental health research capacity is scarce and unequally distributed in LAMIC. Global agencies for health research as well as LAMIC with higher concentrations of
Keywords Developing countries
Mental health
Training support
Language English
Sponsor Global Forum for Health Research
World Bank
Date 2010-03-01
Published in Health Policy. Clare: Elsevier B.V., v. 94, n. 3, p. 211-220, 2010.
ISSN 0168-8510 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 211-220
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000275189600004

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