GACD Working Groups

GACD working groups are a pivotal mechanism in facilitating ongoing collaborations across sites, diseases, contexts and geographic location, and reflect some of the shared interests of researchers within the GACD Research Network. This page provides a brief context and overview of each of the current groups. Publications produced by these working groups can be seen at the GACD Publications and references page.

Concepts and Context

Chair: Meena Daivadanam
Aim: To describe the methods used to characterise and account for context incorporated in studies at various levels. The group also aims to identify common methodological and analytical themes across selected projects and case studies for a manuscript on the topic.
Progress: ‘Context’ manuscript accepted for publication at Plos One in March 2019. ‘Concepts’ manuscript in draft.
Contact Meena Daivadanam

COUNCIL

Chairs:.
Cardiovascular diseeases, stroke & diabetes: Mayowa Owolabi & Joseph Yaria
COPD: Job van Boven
Depression: Yeba Lee & Roger McIntyre
Aim: To develop guidelines for individual and system level control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries. In the absence of specialised research, evidence and guidelines from LMICs, individual health personnel often apply available guidelines from HICs without consideration for local conditions.
Progress: Published four articles since 2015: two systematic reviews & a systematic comparison identifying gaps in hypertension, stroke & diabetes guidelines in LMICs and an implementation cycle for developing, disseminating and evaluating cardiovascular disease recommendations for LMICs. Obesity and stroke guideline reviews in progress.
Contact the Co-chairs:
Cardiovascular diseeases, stroke & diabetes: Mayowa Owolabi & Joseph Yaria
COPD: Job van Boven
Depression: Yena Lee & Roger McIntyre

Data Standardisation

Chairs:
Hypertension: Michaela Riddell
Diabetes: Meena Daivadanam
Lung Diseases: Job van Boven
Mental Health: Melissa Pearson, Pallab Maulik & Ray Lam
Aim: To develop a set of consensus measures to include in the GACD Data Dictionary, intended to serve as a resource on which researchers can draw, to enhance opportunities for cross site and combined analysis and expand collaborative opportunities. A manuscript describing the process and the recommendations for future use will be developed from each Research Programme.
Progress (hypertension): Manuscript published
Progress (diabetes): Data collection complete. Analysis and manuscript development in progress.
Progress (lung diseases): Selection of minimal and optimal variables through a Delphi panel completed.
Progress (mental health): Implementation measures characterised and mapped across Proctor et al. and REAIM frameworks.
Contact the Chairs:
Hypertension: Michaela Riddell
Diabetes: Meena Daivadanam
Lung Diseases: Job van Boven
Mental Health: Melissa Pearson, Pallab Maulik & Ray Lam

Hypertension Innovations

Chair: Rajesh Vedanthan
Aims: To summarise the experiences and review the rationale of GACD hypertension interventions in LMICs.
Progress: Published an article in early 2017 describing the innovative approaches to hypertension control employed by GACD hypertension projects.
Contact Rajesh Vedanthan

Indigenous Populations Working Group

Co-chairs: Gillian Gould, Marilyn Clarke & David Meharg
Aim: To develop a researchers’ statement to address gaps in field of implementation science related to research in indigenous population groups.
Progress: Initial meeting and conference calls held. Systematic literature search underway to understand current context.
Contact the Co-chairs: Gillian Gould, Marilyn Clarke & David Meharg

Implementation and Scale-up Challenges & Opportunities

Chairs: Robert Schwartz & Kamran Siddiqi
Aim: To surface challenges around implementation and scale-up within GACD Lung Diseases projects and to learn about how best to address them.
Progress: Preliminary analysis conducted. Results shared with network. Next steps in development.
Contact the Co-chairs: Robert Schwartz & Kamran Siddiqi

Joint Publications Committee

Chairs: Brian Oldenburg & Mayowa Owolabi
Aim: To improve the value-add of GACD research outputs by:

  • Identifying opportunities for dissemination of research outputs
  • Developing a joint publication and dissemination pipeline for GACD research outputs.
  • Developing and disseminating “GACD pragmatic guidelines” and solutions for hypertension in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).


Progress: The group has developed a template for reporting GACD dissemination outputs and circulates a quarterly communique detailing joint publications and opportunities to collaborate and advance the work.
Contact the Co-chairs: Mayowa Owolabi & Brian Oldenburg

NCD Multimorbidity

Chair: John Hurst
Aim: To investigate issues around multimorbidities.

  • Develop a GACD statement policy brief on NCD multimorbidity in LMICs/ vulnerable populations in HICs
  • Develop a GACD statement policy brief on NCD multimorbidity in LMICs/ vulnerable populations in HICs
  • Conduct Multi-Morbidity in LMIC Research Prioritisation Exercise.


Progress: GACD Researchers’ Statement on Multimorbidity published in Lancet Global Health.
Contact the Chair: John Hurst

Process Evaluation

Chair: Felix Limbani
Aim: To a) produce a set of guidelines for process evaluation and b) develop a manuscript describing the process evaluations being used across GACD projects.
Progress: The group developed a set of guidelines, structures and practices for process evaluation in 2015. Manuscript describing the process evaluation approaches used by GACD hypertension projects under review.
Contact the Chair: Felix Limbani

Task Shifting/Sharing (How-to Series)

Chairs: Rohina Joshi & Karen Yeates
Aim: To describe the experiences and lessons learned from projects with a task-shifting component: the transfer of tasks to non-physician health workers with the aim of improving the
functioning of clinics.
Progress: Manuscript published in BMJ Global Health in November 2018.
Contact the Chairs: Rohina Joshi & Karen Yeates