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Health Policy. 2011 Mar;99(3):244-9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.11.004. Epub 2010 Dec 4.

Priority setting for systematic review of health care interventions in Nigeria.

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Institute of Tropical Diseases Research and Prevention, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. mmeremiku@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

In an era of evidence based medicine and systematic review, this study seeks to identify priority systematic review topics that address common health problems in Nigeria.

METHODS:

Firstly, a primary list of health problems was compiled from the National Health Management Information Systems and information from key informants (health professionals, researchers and NGOs) drawn from the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. Key steps included compilation and ranking of a comprehensive list of health problems into 4 categories: adult communicable, non-communicable, maternal and child health; searching the Cochrane Library and electronic databases for systematic reviews on identified priority problems, analysis of search outputs to identify gaps; listing and ranking of new priority systematic review topics using pre-determined criteria.

RESULTS:

Eighteen questions made the final list of priorities systematic reviews and 9 of them were related to malaria. There were 7 additional issues that the panelists identified as crucial cross-cutting issues that need to be addressed in systematic reviews.

CONCLUSION:

Identification and prioritization of systematic reviews relevant to health care in Nigeria will improve the opportunity to deliver evidence-based and equitable health care to the people. These topics are likely to be also important for health care decision in other resource-poor settings.

PMID:
21131092
DOI:
10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.11.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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