Research in Palestine shows mismatch with burden of disease and inadequate reporting

Several studies have shown a mismatch between ‘Burden of Disease and research funding in developed countries. But the problem appears to be near universal. This study reviewed 511 studies from Palestine. It found that research output was poorly associated with disease burden, irrespective of whether it was measured in terms of DALYs or death. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and maternal and neonatal deaths accounted for more than two-thirds of the total deaths in Palestine (67%) but were infrequently addressed (23%) in published articles.


This systematic review (PROSPERO registration CRD42015027553) assessed the quality of 497 reports of Palestinian health research using international guidelines to assess report quality.  The majority (69%) were inadequately reported, and none had adequately reported all items. Higher reporting quality was associated with international affiliation of the first author, international collaboration, international funding, publication after 2005, and four or more co-authors.


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One comment on “Research in Palestine shows mismatch with burden of disease and inadequate reporting
  1. amateur says:

    Despite their needs and vulnerabilities, older persons should not be seen as solely dependent or weak. Older persons bring specific assets and strengths to emergency settings, though they typically receive even less recognition for these than for their vulnerabilities. In situations of population displacement, they are often able to negotiate more effectively for space, housing, and tolerance from host communities. In fact, in the Middle East, older persons who speak on behalf of larger groups of refugees are more respected and more likely to be listened to by policymakers. Further, the elderly preserve and transmit traditions and customs that define a people’s cultural identity, even in times of social disintegration. This sense of identity can moderate extreme views during times of conflict, contributing to the peace-building process. Older persons often contribute significantly to household chores and childcare, particularly when a child’s parents are not present. The failure to recognize and leverage these contributions represents a missed opportunity not only to bolster the sense of self-worth among conflict-affected elderly, but also to better the families and communities where the elderly reside.

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