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Priority setting for systematic review of health care interventions in Nigeria


  • Meremikwu, Martin
  • Udoh, Ekong
  • Nwagbara, Bridget
  • Effa, Emmanuel
  • Oringanje, Chioma
  • Edet, Bassey
  • Nwagbara, Eucharia
  • Bello, Segun
  • Eke, Felix


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.

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  • Meremikwu, Martin & Udoh, Ekong & Nwagbara, Bridget & Effa, Emmanuel & Oringanje, Chioma & Edet, Bassey & Nwagbara, Eucharia & Bello, Segun & Eke, Felix, 2011. "Priority setting for systematic review of health care interventions in Nigeria," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 99(3), pages 244-249, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:99:y:2011:i:3:p:244-249

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    1. Abelson, Julia & Giacomini, Mita & Lehoux, Pascale & Gauvin, Francois-Pierre, 2007. "Bringing `the public' into health technology assessment and coverage policy decisions: From principles to practice," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 37-50, June.
    2. Sassi, Franco, 2003. "Setting priorities for the evaluation of health interventions: when theory does not meet practice," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 63(2), pages 141-154, February.
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