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Table 2 Health conditions, health system components and other health issues covered by original public health research reports from India, 2001-2008.

From: Trends of public health research output from India during 2001-2008

Topics covered by reports No. (%) of reports in 2001-2004 No. (%) of reports in 2005-2008 Total no. (%) of reports in 2001-2008 No. (%) of reports that were evaluations
Health conditions corresponding to national health programmes or themes
Reproductive and child health 79 (38.7) 106 (31.5) 185 (34.3) 79 (42.7)
HIV/AIDS 26 (12.7) 46 (13.7) 72 (13.3) 17 (23.6)
Diabetes and cardiovascular disease 5 (2.5) 18 (5.4) 23 (4.3) 5 (21.7)
Tuberculosis 5 (2.5) 6 (1.8) 11 (2.0) 10 (90.9)
Cancer 4 (2.0) 7 (2.1) 11 (2.0) 0
Injury 3 (1.5) 13 (3.9) 16 (3.0) 4 (25.0)
Vector borne diseases* 3 (1.5) 3 (0.9) 6 (1.1) 1 (16.7)
Mental health 0 5 (1.5) 5 (0.9) 1 (20.0)
Blindness 1 (0.5) 2 (0.6) 3 (0.6) 1 (33.3)
Leprosy 0 3 (0.9) 3 (0.6) 2 (66.7)
Iodine deficiency disorders 0 1 (0.3) 1 (0.2) 1 (100)
Deafness 0 0 0 0
Others† 5 (2.5) 9 (2.7) 14 (2.6) 5 (35.7)
Health system components     
Health policy/governance§ 19 (9.3) 35 (10.4) 54 (10.0) 11 (20.4)
Health services|| 21 (10.3) 19 (5.7) 40 (7.4) 8 (20.0)
Health economics/financing 9 (4.4) 16 (4.8) 25 (4.6) 1 (4.0)
Human resources/training 7 (3.4) 13 (3.9) 20 (3.7) 3 (15.0)
Medical products/technologies¶ 0 6 (1.8) 6 (1.1) 1 (16.7)
Health information system 1 (0.5) 2 (0.6) 3 (0.6) 1 (33.3)
Other major health themes     
Environmental health** 11 (5.4) 9 (2.7) 20 (3.7) 7 (35.0)
Social determinants of health†† 4 (2.0) 11 (3.3) 15 (2.8) 1 (6.7)
Development and health 0 5 (1.5) 5 (0.9) 0
Mortality and life expectancy 1 (0.5) 1 (0.3) 2 (0.4) 0
Total (%) 204 (100) 336 (100) 540 (100) 159 (29.4)
  1. *These six reports included two on chikungunya, one on malaria, one on lymphatic filariasis, one on malaria, kala-azar and Japanese encephalitis together, and one on malaria, filariasis and dengue together.
  2. †These 14 reports included six on oral health, four on disability, two on nutrition in general population, one on musculoskeletal conditions and one on gallbladder disease.
  3. ‡These reports were not on specific health conditions.
  4. §These 54 reports included 26 on health system development/reform policies, nine on governance, nine on pharmaceutical policies, four on policies addressing vulnerable groups, three on food safety/security policies, two on policies for poverty reduction and health improvement, and one on health care waste management policy.
  5. ||Of these 40 reports, 25 covered both public and for-profit private health services, 11 covered public services only, three covered for-profit private services only and one covered not-for-profit private services only.
  6. ¶All six reports related to medicines/pharmaceuticals.
  7. **These reports included air pollution and water and sanitation issues.
  8. ††These reports included living conditions, ageing, gender, migration and education issues.