Bulletin of the World Health Organization

A global research agenda for family planning: results of an exercise for setting research priorities

Moazzam Ali, Armando Seuc, Asma Rahimi, Mario Festin & Marleen Temmerman

Volume 92, Number 2, February 2014, 93-98

Table 2. Research topics that achieved the 15 highest priority scores

Rank Topic Score
1 Identify the main barriers to uptake and use of modern contraceptives in settings with very low prevalences of contraceptive use 86.23
2 Identify mechanisms to integrate postpartum FP services with other interventions – such as child vaccination and control of HIV infection – to improve health care and uptake of FP services 83.90
3 Determine strategies to increase post-abortion contraception uptake and continuation 83.80
4 Identify effective strategies to overcome the barriers to contraceptive uptake in the postpartum period 82.68
5 Develop mechanisms to improve the physical, financial and social access of marginalized populationsa to FP products and services 81.13
6 Investigate the determinants of the discontinuation and switching of contraceptive methods 80.81
7 Evaluate the unmet need for FP, particularly that among marginalized populationsa 79.89
8 Investigate the determinants of acceptability and continuation of use of FP methods in marginalized populationsa 78.48
9 Identify strategies to ensure that integrated services for maternal health and FP are effectively adopted by governments 77.63
10 Identify mechanisms to prevent out-of-stock events in contraceptive supply systems 77.03
11 Assess the effectiveness of task-shifting in increasing the access to – and quality of – FP services 76.66
12 Identify and assess appropriate strategies to prevent unplanned pregnancies among adolescents 75.66
13 Evaluate effect of engaging private sector to increase the equity in access to – and utilization of – FP products and services, by modalities such as franchising and social marketing 73.59
14 Ascertain the social and sexual determinants of unwanted or mistimed pregnancies and approaches to prevent such pregnancies 72.90
15 Assess the impact of financing schemes on the quality and coverage of FP servicesb 72.37

FP, family planning; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus.

a Examples of “marginalized populations” include adolescents and HIV-positive women.

b “Financing schemes” may involve any combination of vouchers, performance-related payments and conditional cash transfers.