Field Epidemiology and Public Health Research Priorities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Delphi Technique

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    • Publication Information:
      Frontiers Media S.A., 2021.
    • Publication Date:
      2021
    • Collection:
      LCC:Public aspects of medicine
    • Abstract:
      Research is essential for evidence-based decision making. This study aimed to identify research priorities in the areas of field epidemiology and public health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) from the perspectives of public health professionals. A Delphi technique, using online survey, was employed to reach 168 public health professionals who have experience in the EMR countries. The study took place between November 2019 and January 2020. Consensus on the research priorities was reached after two-round online questionnaires. A list of top 10 field epidemiology and public health research priorities in the EMR was developed. Of those priorities, four fell under health in emergency, war and armed conflict, two under communicable diseases, two under immunization, one under digital health, and one under sexual, reproductive, and adolescent health. Availability, adequacy, and quality of health services in crisis settings were scored as a top priority (mean = 4.4, rank 1), followed by use of technology to improve the collection, documentation, and analysis of health data (mean = 4.28, rank 2), and capacity of countries in the region to respond to emergencies (mean = 4.25, rank 3). This study was conducted prior to COVID-19 pandemic and, thus, it did not capture COVID-19 research as a priority area. Nevertheless, identified priorities under communicable diseases including outbreak investigation of infectious diseases, epidemics and challenges related to communicable diseases in the EMR were still notable. In conclusion, the field epidemiology and public health research priorities identified in this study through a systematic inclusive process could be useful to make informed decisions and gear the research efforts to improve the health of people in the EMR.
    • File Description:
      electronic resource
    • ISSN:
      2296-2565
    • Relation:
      https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2021.690570/full; https://doaj.org/toc/2296-2565
    • Accession Number:
      10.3389/fpubh.2021.690570
    • Accession Number:
      edsdoj.507731bb0a9947889b44c09d56418ee4