Use of a Major Medical Center Clinical Laboratory As a Reference Laboratory for a Developing Country: Ordering Patterns Help Set Laboratory Priorities (Other Areas of Clinical Chemistry)

Use of a Major Medical Center Clinical Laboratory As a Reference Laboratory for a Developing Country: Ordering Patterns Help Set Laboratory Priorities (Other Areas of Clinical Chemistry)

Setting priorities for which tests a hospital clinical laboratory should perform involves consideration of the expected volume of testing, its clinical impact, the technical skill levels available, the equipment needed, cost benefits, and whether testing can be obtained elsewhere. Most clinical laboratory directors in the US and other developed countries can obtain the above information […]

Setting Research Priorities by Applying the Combined Approach Matrix (Report)

Setting Research Priorities by Applying the Combined Approach Matrix (Report)

Background & objectives: Priority setting in health research is a dynamic process. Different organizations and institutes have been working in the field of research priority setting for many years. In 1999 the Global Forum for Health Research presented a research priority setting tool called the Combined Approach Matrix or CAM. Since its development, the CAM […]

Setting Priorities for Health in 21St-Century South Africa (Health POLICIES AND Practice) (Report)

Setting Priorities for Health in 21St-Century South Africa (Health POLICIES AND Practice) (Report)

South Africa (SA) commands financial health care resources comparable to Brazil, Mexico and Thailand. Despite spending similar amounts in the public sector (3.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) in terms of purchasing power parity, these and other countries have far better health outcomes than SA on almost all measures including life expectancy and maternal mortality […]

The Complex Challenge of Setting Priorities in Health Research Investments (Commentary) ('Combined Approach Matrix') (Report)

The Complex Challenge of Setting Priorities in Health Research Investments (Commentary) (‘Combined Approach Matrix’) (Report)

In this issue Dr Abdul Ghaffar from Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva, Switzerland, presents the application of “Combined Approach Matrix (CAM)” in addressing research priorities across several themes and contexts (1). CAM is a helpful tool for setting research priorities which was developed by the Global Forum for Health Research in 1999. Since […]