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Arch Iran Med. 2021;24(2): 101-106.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2021.15
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How the US Sanctions Are Affecting the Health Research System in Iran?

Mohammad Dehghani 1 ORCID logo, Bita Mesgarpour 2, Shahin Akhondzadeh 3 ORCID logo, Saber Azami-Aghdash 4 ORCID logo, Reza Ferdousi 1* ORCID logo

1 Department of Health Information Management, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 National Institute for Medical Research Development (NIMAD), Tehran, Iran
3 Psychiatric Research Center, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Tabriz Health Services Management Research Center, Health Management and Safety Promotion Research Institute, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Reza Ferdousi, PhD; Department of Health Information Management, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Daneshgah St., Abresan Sq., Tabriz 5165665811, Iran. Tel: +98-91-44024707; Email: ferdousi.r@gmail.com

Abstract

Background: In November 2018, the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, and imposed severe sanctions on Iran. This study explores the impact of US sanctions in Iran’s health research system.

Methods: This phenomenological study interviewed 24 Iranian health science scholars through purposeful sampling to learn about their experiences and thoughts regarding the impact of US sanctions on Iran’s health research system.

Results: The impact of sanctions on Iran’s health research system were classified into five categories: (a) financial issues, (b) difficulty in supplying laboratory materials and (c) equipment, (d) disruption in international research collaboration and activities, and (e) other issues (e.g., increased stress and workload).

Conclusion: This study indicated that since research centers in Iran are highly dependent on governmental budgets, sanctions have greatly affected the health research system in Iran. Financial and economic problems, restrictions in transferring funds, and the disruption in political and international relations have created many challenges for supplying medical laboratory materials and equipment for medical and health research centers in Iran.

Keywords: Health Research, Iran, Sanctions, The United States
Cite this article as: Dehghani M, Mesgarpour B, Akhondzadeh S, Azami-Aghdash S, Ferdousi R. How the US sanctions are affecting the health research system in Iran? Arch Iran Med. 2021;24(2):101–106. doi: 10.34172/aim.2021.15.
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Submitted: 28 Sep 2020
Accepted: 08 Nov 2020
ePublished: 01 Feb 2021
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