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Arch Iran Med. 2017;20(11): 686-690.
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The Role of Medical Research Centers in Health Research System Promotion in I.R. of Iran: 2001–2014

Monir Baradaran Eftekhari 1, Katayoun Falahat 1*, Asghar Ebadifar 1,2, Masoumeh Eltemasi 1, Zahra Sobhani 1, Elham Ghalenoee 1, Elham Habibi 1, Shahin Akhondzadeh 1,3

1 Deputy of Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
2 Dentofacial Deformities Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Department of Orthodontics, Dental School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Psychiatric Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding Author: •Corresponding Author: Katayoun Falahat, 13th Floor, Block A, Deputy for Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran. Email:, Email: kfalahat@yahoo.com

Abstract

Background: Research centers, defined as organized research units having research as their primary mission, are positioned as an organizational solution to tighten the knowledge to do gap in health research system (HRS). Therefore, this study aims to explore the roles of medical research centers (MRCs) in promoting HRS.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we reviewed the evaluation results of research performance of MRCs from 2001 to 2014. Data of evaluation indicators (in knowledge production and capacity building domains) were gathered and finally compared for these years.

Results: In the mentioned period, the number of medical research centers has grown by more than 11 folds. In the domain of knowledge production, the total number of published articles and published articles in ISI, Web of Science per researcher rose from 0.5 and 0.05 to about 3.5 and 1.2, respectively. The number of indexed articles in scientific international databases has increased more than 66 times and the total number of citations of MRCs’ articles has increased to more than 80000. In the domain of capacity building, the trend of workshops and held congresses is ascending.

Conclusion: MRCs are well empowered in knowledge production in national HRS.


Cite this article as: Baradaran Eftekhari M, Falahat K, Ebadifar A, Eltemasi M, Sobhani Z, Ghalenoee E, et al. The Role of Medical Research Centers in Health Research System Promotion in I.R. of Iran: 2001–2014e Study 2015. Arch Iran Med. 2017;20(11):686–690.
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