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Arch Iran Med. 2022;25(4): 214-223.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2022.37
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Ranking Universities of Medical Sciences as Public Health Services Provider Institutions in Iran: A Result-Chain Analysis

Nader Jahanmehr 1,2* ORCID logo, Arash Rashidian 3,4,5, Farshad Farzadfar 6, Ardeshir Khosravi 7, Mohammad Shariati 8, Ali Akbari Sari 3,4,5, Soheila Damiri 3 ORCID logo, Reza Majdzadeh 5,9

1 Department of Health Economics, Management and Policy, Virtual School of Medical Education & Management, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Department of Global Health and Public Policy, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5 Knowledge Utilization Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
6 Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
7 Center for Primary Health Care Management, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
8 Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
9 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran Email n.jahanmehr@gmail.com
*Corresponding Author: Corresponding Author: Nader Jahanmehr, PhD; Virtual School of Medical Education & Management, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Email: , Email: n.jahanmehr@gmail.com

Abstract

Background: Universities of medical sciences (UMSs) in Iran have geographic catchment areas (normally a province) in which they are responsible for public health services as well as provision of care by public providers. The present study strived to analyze and rank the performance of the medical sciences universities in improving the public health and primary healthcare.

Methods: Data on 41 indicators on the output (16 indicators), outcome (16 indicators), and impact (9 indicators) levels were extracted from various data sources. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to calculate the weight for each of the indicators. The score range for each level of performance is between 0 and 1. A score of 1 indicates the highest and a score of 0 indicates the lowest level of performance. Finally, the UMSs were ranked by their scores.

Results: The national mean performance scores of the UMSs on the output, outcome, impact, and the composite indicator levels were 0.756, 0.641, 0.561, and 0.563, respectively. The results show that the changes in performance scores at different levels of the results chain are remarkable.

Conclusion: The national mean performance of the UMSs of Iran is not satisfactory. However, there is considerable dispersion in their performance. Designing effective interventions in proportion to the conditions of universities on different levels of the results chain, developing a robust information system, conducting continuous monitoring and evaluation of public health are recommended for balanced improvements in public health and primary healthcare indicators in the country.


Cite this article as: Jahanmehr N, Rashidian A, Farzadfar F, Khosravi A, Shariati M, Akbari Sari A, et al. Ranking universities of medical sciences as public health services provider institutions in iran: a result-chain analysis. Arch Iran Med. 2022;25(4):214- 223. doi: 10.34172/aim.2022.37
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Submitted: 01 Jul 2020
Revision: 16 Jul 2021
Accepted: 01 Sep 2021
ePublished: 01 Apr 2022
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