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Guidelines and Guidance

Setting Implementation Research Priorities to Reduce Preterm Births and Stillbirths at the Community Level

  • Asha George mail,

    ageorge@unicef.org

    Affiliation: Health Section, UNICEF, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Mark Young,

    Affiliation: Health Section, UNICEF, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Abhay Bang,

    Affiliation: Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health, Gadchiroli, India

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  • Kit Yee Chan,

    Affiliation: Nossal Institute of Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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  • Igor Rudan,

    Affiliations: Croatian Centre for Global Health, University of Split Medical School, Split, Croatia, Centre of Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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  • Cesar G. Victora,

    Affiliation: University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

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  • Mickey Chopra,

    Affiliation: Health Section, UNICEF, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Craig Rubens,

    Affiliation: Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • and the GAPPS expert group on community based strategies and constraints

    Membership of the GAPPS expert group on community based strategies and constraints is provided in the Acknowledgments.

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  • Published: January 04, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000380
  • Published in PLOS Medicine

About the Authors

Asha George, Mark Young, Mickey Chopra
Health Section, UNICEF, New York, New York, United States of America
Abhay Bang
Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health, Gadchiroli, India
Kit Yee Chan
Nossal Institute of Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Igor Rudan
Croatian Centre for Global Health, University of Split Medical School, Split, Croatia
Igor Rudan
Centre of Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Cesar G. Victora
University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil
Craig Rubens
Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: ageorge@unicef.org

Competing Interests

While this paper was being developed IR was a consultant for the Child Health and Nutrition Initiative (CHNRI) of the Global Forum for Health Research. Because the authors all work in this research area, it is conceivable that they could benefit from any increased attention and financing regarding implementation research in preventing prematurity and stillbirth.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AG MY AB KYC IR CGV MC CR. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: AG MY AB KYC IR CGV MC CR. Designed the experiments/the study: AG MY IR CGV MC. Analyzed the data: AG MY KYC IR MC. Collected data/did experiments for the study: AG CGV. Enrolled patients: AG. Wrote the first draft of the paper: AG MY. Contributed to the writing of the paper: AG MY KYC IR CGV MC CR. Participated in designing the study and contributed to writing the manuscript by way of comments: AB. Led the development of the CHNRI methodology with assistance of the large multidisciplinary team of experts: IR. Suggested the original idea: CGV. Reviewed the data analysis: CR.