Methods of Identifying Gaps in Health Research

par Linda Nyanchoka

Projet de thèse en Epidemiologie et intervention en sante publique

Sous la direction de Raphael Porcher.

Thèses en préparation à Sorbonne Paris Cité , dans le cadre de 393 Pierre LOUIS de Santé Publique à Paris : épidémiologie et sciences de l'information biomédicale , en partenariat avec Centre de recherche épidémiologie et biostatique Sorbonne Paris Cité (equipe de recherche) depuis le 16-09-2016 .


  • Résumé

    The term “research gap” is not well defined and its meaning can differ according to the research context. In health research, a research gap generally refers to a clinical question for which missing or insufficient information limits the ability to reach a conclusion. It is also referred to as research uncertainties and closely linked to research needs, priorities and evidence-based research. Identification of research gaps has the potential to inform the design and conduct of research, evidence-based decision-making, health policies, and practice. Audiences including consumers, patients, researchers, clinicians, advocacy groups, and funders can also benefit from understanding the current status of research gaps. Initiatives such as the James Lind Alliance, Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Ground and Evidence – Based Research Network are examples of existing efforts towards the identification of gaps/uncertainties in research to improve research, research prioritization and evidence based decision making. These are some examples and not limited to all the existing methods and efforts currently on-going. This project aims to identify, describe and classify the different methods in identifying and displaying gaps in health research and develop methodological recommendation.