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Title: Maternal and perinatal health research priorities beyond 2015: an international survey and prioritization exercise
Authors: Souza, Joao Paulo
Widmer, Mariana
Guelmezoglu, Ahmet Metin
Lawrie, Theresa Anne
Adejuyigbe, Ebunoluwa Aderonke
Carroli, Guillermo
Crowther, Caroline
Currie, Sheena M.
Dowswell, Therese
Hofmeyr, Justus
Lavender, Tina
Lawn, Joy
Mader, Silke
Martinez, Francisco Eulogio
Mugerwa, Kidza
Qureshi, Zahida
Silvestre, Maria Asuncion
Soltani, Hora
Torloni, Maria Regina [UNIFESP]
Tsigas, Eleni Z.
Vowles, Zoe
Ouedraogo, Leopold
Serruya, Suzanne
Al-Raiby, Jamela
Awin, Narimah
Obara, Hiromi
Mathai, Matthews
Bahl, Rajiv
Martines, Jose
Ganatra, Bela
Phillips, Sharon Jelena
Johnson, Brooke Ronald
Vogel, Joshua P.
Oladapo, Olufemi T.
Temmerman, Marleen
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Royal United Hosp
Obafemi Awolowo Univ
Univ Auckland
Johns Hopkins Univ Program Int Educ Reprod Hlth J
Univ Liverpool
Univ Ft Hare
Univ Manchester
London Sch Hyg & Trop Med
European Fdn Care Newborn Infants
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Makerere Univ
Univ Nairobi
Kalusugan Ng Mag Ina Hlth Mother & Child Inc
Sheffield Hallam Univ
Preeclampsia Fdn
Int Confederat Midwives
WHO Reg Off Africa
WHO Reg Off Amer
WHO Reg Off Eastern Mediterranean
WHO Reg Off South East Asia
WHO Reg Off Western Pacific
Univ Western Australia
Keywords: Research priorities
Maternal and perinatal health
Issue Date: 7-Aug-2014
Publisher: Biomed Central Ltd
Citation: Reproductive Health. London: Biomed Central Ltd, v. 11, 9 p., 2014.
Abstract: Background: Maternal mortality has declined by nearly half since 1990, but over a quarter million women still die every year of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal-health related targets are falling short of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and a post-2015 Development Agenda is emerging. in connection with this, setting global research priorities for the next decade is now required.Methods: We adapted the methods of the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) to identify and set global research priorities for maternal and perinatal health for the period 2015 to 2025. Priority research questions were received from various international stakeholders constituting a large reference group, and consolidated into a final list of research questions by a technical working group. Questions on this list were then scored by the reference working group according to five independent and equally weighted criteria. Normalized research priority scores (NRPS) were calculated, and research priority questions were ranked accordingly.Results: A list of 190 priority research questions for improving maternal and perinatal health was scored by 140 stakeholders. Most priority research questions (89%) were concerned with the evaluation of implementation and delivery of existing interventions, with research subthemes frequently concerned with training and/or awareness interventions (11%), and access to interventions and/or services (14%). Twenty-one questions (11%) involved the discovery of new interventions or technologies.Conclusions: Key research priorities in maternal and perinatal health were identified. the resulting ranked list of research questions provides a valuable resource for health research investors, researchers and other stakeholders. We are hopeful that this exercise will inform the post-2015 Development Agenda and assist donors, research-policy decision makers and researchers to invest in research that will ultimately make the most significant difference in the lives of mothers and babies.
ISSN: 1742-4755
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