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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 139  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 231-235

Perceptions of State Government stakeholders & researchers regarding public health research priorities in India: An exploratory survey

1 National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR), Chennai, India
2 Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay M Mehendale
Director & Scientist G, National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR) # R-127, 3rd Avenue, Tamil Nadu Housing Board, Chennai 600 077
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Public health research has several stakeholders that should be involved in identifying public health research agenda. A survey was conducted prior to a national consultation organized by the Department of Health Research with the objective to identify the key public health research priorities as perceived by the State health officials and public health researchers. A cross-sectional survey was done for the State health officials involved in public health programmes and public health researchers in various States of India. A self-administered semi-structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Overall, 35 State officials from 15 States and 17 public health researchers participated in the study. Five leading public health research priorities identified in the open ended query were maternal and child health (24%), non-communicable diseases (22%), vector borne diseases (6%), tuberculosis (6%) and HIV/AIDS/STI (5%). Maternal and child health research was the leading priority; however, researchers also gave emphasis on the need for research in the emerging public health challenges such as non-communicable diseases. Structured initiatives are needed to promote interactions between policymakers and researchers at all stages of research starting from defining problems to the use of research to achieve the health goals as envisaged in the 12 th Plan over next five years.

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