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Priority setting for the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases: multi-criteria decision analysis in four eastern Mediterranean countries

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Balsam Ahmad, Professor Julia Critchley


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To explore the feasibility of using a simple multi-criteria decision analysis method with policy makers/key stakeholders to prioritize cardiovascular disease (CVD) policies in four Mediterranean countries: Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.A simple multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) method was piloted. A mixed methods study was used to identify a preliminary list of policy options in each country. These policies were rated by different policymakers/stakeholders against pre-identified criteria to generate a priority score for each policy and then rank the policies.Twenty-five different policies were rated in the four countries to create a country-specific list of CVD prevention and control policies. The response rate was 100 % in each country. The top policies were mostly population level interventions and health systems' level policies.Successful collaboration between policy makers/stakeholders and researchers was established in this small pilot study. MCDA appeared to be feasible and effective. Future applications should aim to engage a larger, representative sample of policy makers, especially from outside the health sector. Weighting the selected criteria might also be assessed.

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Author(s): Ghandour R, Shoaibi A, Khatib R, Abu Rmeileh N, Unal B, Sozmen K, Kilic B, Fouad F, Al Ali R, Ben Romdhane H, Aissi W, Ahmad B, Capewell S, Critchley J, Husseini A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Public Health

Year: 2015

Volume: 60

Issue: 1 Suppl.

Pages: S73-S81

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 31/05/2014

Acceptance date: 12/05/2014

ISSN (print): 1661-8556

ISSN (electronic): 1661-8564

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0569-3


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