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Iranian Journal of Public Health
2009;38(Suppl.1) : 13-16
Report Article
Iran's Health Innovation and Science Development Plan by 2025

*B Larijani 1, 2, R Majdzadeh 3, AR Delavari 4, F Rajabi 5, S Khatibzadeh 5, H Esmailzadeh5,          KB Lankarani 6

1Health Policy Council, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran
2Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
3School of Public Health and Center for Academic and Health Policy (CAHP), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
4Deputy of Coordination, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran
5Center for Academic and Health Policy (CAHP), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
6Minister, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran

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Background: Iran has made significant development in health and its scientific productivity, but a cohesive approach through a long-term plan is required to utilize knowledge for the country's health and development of health science and technology. As a part of a national agenda for development of "Comprehensive Scientific Map of the Country", the draft of the plan in the health-sector has been prepared.
Methods: A combination of two normative and exploratory approaches has been adopted to prepare the plan. For each part of the plan, a project defined. The group-projects developed their parts and consequently the draft of the plan developed. In the normative approach, the Islamic-Iranian values besides the country's vision for the year 2025 were assumed. National Innovation System concept used to analyze the related environment. Expert panels, using foresight methods, mainly pre­pared the information required for developing the plan. To finalize the plan, the draft was disseminated and receiving feed­backs, the document was polished appropriately.
Results: The long-term plan in the health sector has been prepared with the participation of around three-hundred experts. This plan includes vision, goals, monitoring and evaluation indicators, priorities, scenarios, policies, strategies, and requi­sites.
Conclusion: The main challenges were as follows: considering equity in health, balance in choosing priorities (primordial and primary prevention against advanced technologies), and the role of the government in knowledge management.

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