Journal article

Developing consensus measures for global programs: lessons from the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Hypertension research program

Michaela A Riddell, Nancy Edwards, Simon R Thompson, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Devarsetty Praveen, Claire Johnson, Andre P Kengne, Peter Liu, Tara McCready, Eleanor Ng, Robby Nieuwlaat, Bruce Ovbiagele, Mayowa Owolabi, David Peiris, Amanda G Thrift, Sheldon Tobe, Khalid Yusoff



BACKGROUND: The imperative to improve global health has prompted transnational research partnerships to investigate common health issues on a larger scale. The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) is an alliance of national research funding agencies. To enhance research funded by GACD members, this study aimed to standardise data collection methods across the 15 GACD hypertension research teams and evaluate the uptake of these standardised measurements. Furthermore we describe concerns and difficulties associated with the data harmonisation process highlighted and debated during annual meetings of the GACD funded investigators. With these concerns and issues in mind, a working group c..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for the studies described and for manuscript submission was provided by the GACD Hypertension Programme funding agencies-Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Grand Challenges Canada; International Development Research Centre; Canadian Stroke Network; Australian National Health and Medical Research Council; the US National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke); the United Kingdom Medical Research Council; and the South African Medical Research Council. Funding bodies had no role in the study design or interpretation of the data collected during this study, nor did they have any role in developing the key recommendations resulting from this study.