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Table 1 Research priorities identified within clusters

From: Building a national direction for research in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV: results from a national prioritization initiative in Malawi

Cluster 1 Pregnancy intentions, family planning needs and contraceptive choices
  ▪ The feasibility, uptake and outcomes of integrated HIV and family planning services
  ▪ Role of provider-initiated HIV-testing by family planning providers
  ▪ Family planning preferences in relation to HIV-status of women and partners
  ▪ Policy analysis of family planning implementation in the context of Option B + and the use of current models of care for the integration of family planning and PMTCT
  ▪ Access to family planning services postpartum
Cluster 2 Models of care and their relation to initiation of treatment, comprehensive care for women living with HIV and linkage to infant diagnosis and treatment
  ▪ A typology of possible PMTCT service delivery models and a framework for classifying each service delivery
  ▪ National level aggregate outcomes related to access, uptake, adherence, retention, and degree of technical assistance at sites
  ▪ Individual level data to describe outcomes related to HIV-free survival, access, uptake, adherence and retention in relation to service delivery models
  ▪ Enhanced monitoring of maternal and child outcomes through development of a set of specific indicators
Cluster 3 Uptake, retention in care, and adherence to treatment
  ▪ Nationally aggregated and individual level data on uptake, adherence, and retention levels during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and post-breastfeeding
  ▪ Determinants of poor (and good) uptake, adherence, and retention across the PMTCT cascade
  ▪ Evaluation of innovative models for support for mothers in Option B + for uptake, adherence, and treatment through antenatal, delivery, and postpartum periods