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Table 5 Ranking of Topics in the Reference List and Differences by Income Region and by Project Initiation

From: Health policy and systems research agendas in developing countries

RANK TOPIC INCOME REGION PROJECT INITIATION
   Low Lower Middle Upper Middle Donors Govnt. Research Institution
1 Sector Analysis     -- -  
2 Disease burden      --  
3 Management & organization   +     --
4 Accessibility +    + -- --
  Programme evaluation       --
  Research to evidence    -   - +
5 Financing - ++    ++ --
  Human resources   +     
6 Community participation    - + + ++
  Costing & cost effectiveness -- +   + +++  
  Decentralisation/local health systems -   +++   +  
  Information, Education and Communication     +   
  Insurance -- +++ -    +
  Pharmaceutical policy & management       
  Quality      +  
7 Equity -   +++ +   +++
  Policy process -   +++    
8 Economic policy and health - +   +   +
  Information systems     + +  
  1. Cells with a rank difference of 1, 0 or -1 are blank. Changes of 4 or more = +++; 3 = ++; 2 = +; -2 = -; -3 = --; -4 or more = ---