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Table 1 Top 15 guidance priority questions (Overall, WHO and MOH rankings).

From: Prioritizing WHO normative work on maternal and perinatal health: a multicountry survey

Overall ranking
n = 300
Overall SCORE QUESTION WHO ranking
n = 54
MOH Ranking
n = 56
1 8.37 Early neonatal interventions for treatment of asphyxia (e.g. resuscitation) 1 3
2 8.33 PPH treatment in facilities 4 5
3 8.25 Strategies to increase contraceptive use after abortion 14 21
4 8.24 Pre-eclampsia treatment interventions (e.g. magnesium sulfate, antihypertensives, others) 2 10
5 8.22 Eclampsia treatment interventions 3 13
6 8.22 PPH prevention in facilities 11 15
7 8.19 Guideline dissemination and implementation strategies 12 2
8 8.19 Timing of delivery (labour initiation, early-onset severe disease) 7 16
9 8.18 Strategies to ensure access to prompt treatment for complications of spontaneous and unsafe abortion 6 20
10 8.07 Effects of using clinical guidelines/care pathways 10 1
11 8.07 Strategies to increase the large scale implementation (scaling up) of effective practices at the state or country level 5 18
12 8.07 Interventions for increasing the proportion of health professionals practicing in rural and other underserved areas 8 27
13 8.04 Interventions to improve referrals from primary to secondary level health care 9 9
14 8.03 Strategies for integrating primary health services at the point of delivery in low and middle income countries (LMIC) 25 19
15 8.02 Prevention of preterm birth 22 11