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Adolescent mental health research in Tanzania: a study protocol for a priority setting exercise and the development of an interinstitutional capacity strengthening programme.
Obasi, Angela; Seekles, Maaike; Boshe, Judith; Dow, Dorothy; Mmbaga, Blandina; Ngakongwa, Fileuka; Okello, Elialilia; Renju, Jenny; Shayo, Elizabeth; Simbee, Gema; Todd, Jim; Oriyo, Ndekya.
  • Obasi A; Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK.
  • Seekles M; Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK maaike.seekles@lstmed.ac.uk.
  • Boshe J; Psychiatry and Mental Health, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Dow D; Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
  • Mmbaga B; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Ngakongwa F; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Okello E; Kilimanjaro Clinicial Research Institute, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Renju J; Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Muhimbuli National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Shayo E; Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit, National Institute for Medical Research Mwanza Research Centre, Mwanza, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Simbee G; The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
  • Todd J; Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Oriyo N; Department of Policy Analysis and Advocacy, National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.
BMJ Open ; 12(2): e054163, 2022 Feb 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1673436
ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

Poor adolescent mental health is a barrier to achieving several sustainable development goals in Tanzania, where adolescent mental health infrastructure is weak. This is compounded by a lack of community and policy maker awareness or understanding of its burden, causes and solutions. Research addressing these knowledge gaps is urgently needed. However, capacity for adolescent mental health research in Tanzania remains limited. The existence of a National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), with a nationwide mandate for research conduct and oversight, presents an opportunity to catalyse activity in this neglected area. Rigorous research priority setting, which includes key stakeholders, can promote efficient use of limited resources and improve both quality and uptake of research by ensuring that it meets the needs of target populations and policy makers. We present a protocol for such a research priority setting study and how it informs the design of an interinstitutional adolescent mental health research capacity strengthening strategy in Tanzania. METHODS AND

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From May 2021, this 6 month mixed-methods study will adapt and merge the James Lind Alliance approach and validated capacity strengthening methodologies to identify priorities for research and research capacity strengthening in adolescent mental health in Tanzania. Specifically, it will use online questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, focus groups, scoping reviews and a consensus meeting to consult expert and adolescent stakeholders. Key evidence-informed priorities will be collaboratively ranked and documented and an integrated strategy to address capacity gaps will be designed to align with the nationwide infrastructure and overall strategy of NIMR. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION National and institutional review board approvals were sought and granted from the National Health Research Ethics Committee of the NIMR Medical Research Coordinating Committee (Tanzania) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom). Results will be disseminated through a national workshop involving all stakeholders, through ongoing collaborations and published commentaries, reviews, policy briefs, webinars and social media.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Mental Health / Biomedical Research Type of study: Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Reviews Limits: Adolescent / Humans Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: BMJ Open Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Bmjopen-2021-054163

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Mental Health / Biomedical Research Type of study: Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Reviews Limits: Adolescent / Humans Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: BMJ Open Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Bmjopen-2021-054163