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Table 1 Individual and organization-level factors contributing to low NCD research productivity in Nigeria (N = 89)

From: Causes and remedies for low research productivity among postgraduate scholars and early career researchers on non-communicable diseases in Nigeria

Variables Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
Strong reliance on traditional medicine 8 (9.0) 34 (38.2) 18 (20.2) 24 (27.0) 5 (5.6)
Preponderance of faith-based healing 12 (13.5) 38 (42.7) 19 (21.3) 18 (20.2) 2 (2.2)
Low level of NCDs morbidity and mortality 1 (1.1) 2 (2.2) 4 (4.5) 31 (34.8) 51 (57.3)
Low level of risk factors for NCDs in Nigeria 1 (1.1) 2 (2.2) 4 (4.5) 31 (34.8) 51 (57.3)
Lack of in-country researchers 32 (36.0) 44 (49.4) 7 (7.9) 5 (5.6) 1 (1.1)
Poor remuneration of scientists in the country 21 (23.6) 44 (49.4) 14 (15.7) 9 (10.3) 1 (1.1)
Research on NCDs are more difficult than other health aspects 4 (4.5) 13 (14.6) 13 (14.6) 42 (47.2) 17 (19.1)
Lack of interest in NCD research by Nigerian scientists 12 (13.5) 36 (40.4) 18 (20.2) 17 (19.1) 6 (6.7)
Outdated science education curricula 17 (19.1) 37 (41.6) 11 (12.3) 18 (20.2) 6 (6.7)
Low number of high impact science journals in Nigeria 12 (13.5) 25 (28.1) 15 (16.8) 27 (30.3) 10 (11.2)
Paucity of quality scientific meetings in Nigeria 14 (15.7) 40 (44.9) 16 (17.9) 15 (16.9) 4 (4.5)
Nigerian scientists work more in silos 36 (40.4) 40 (44.9) 43 (4.5) 6 (6.7) 3 (3.4)