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Research collaboration in Tehran University of Medical Sciences: Two decades after integration

Majdzadeh, R. and Nedjat, S. and Gholami, J. and Nedjat, S. and Maleki, K. and Qorbani, M. and Shokoohi, M. and Ashoorkhani, M. (2009) Research collaboration in Tehran University of Medical Sciences: Two decades after integration. Health Research Policy and Systems, 7. ISSN 14784505 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: In 1985 medical schools were integrated into the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Health and Medical Education was created in Iran. Under this infrastructure education, research and service provision are unified, and it is expected that collaboration between researchers and decision makers become easier in such an integrated context. The question here is how the researchers behavior in the biggest medical university of the country towards collaboration is, i.e. how much do decision makers participate in different stages of research? Which factors affect it? Methodology: The samples under study were all Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) completed research projects that had gotten grants in 2004 and were over by the time this study was done. Two questionnaires were designed for this study: i) the research checklist which was filled for 301 projects, ii) the researcher's questionnaire, which was sent to principle investigators, 208 of which were collected. Multiple linear regression analysis was used for evaluating the potential factors affecting individuals 'collaboration score'. Results: Only 2.2 percent of TUMS' projects initiated in 2004 have had collaboration as a joint PI or co-investigator from non-academic organizations. The principle investigators mean collaboration score was 2.09, where 6 was the total score. So the collaboration score obtained was 35%. The 'type of research' had significant association with the collaboration score which is shown in the linear regression; collaboration was seen more in clinical (p = 0.007) and health system researches (p = 0.001) as compared to basic research. Conclusion: The present study shows that not many individuals collaborated as co-investigators from outside the university. This finding shows that research policy makers need to introduce interventions in this field. And assessment of barriers to collaboration and its facilitating factors should be considered in order to make it actually happen. © 2009 Majdzadeh et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: C7 - 8 [EPrints field already has value set] LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Health Res. Policy Syst. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - School of Public Health, Centre for Academic and Health Policy (CAHP), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Centre for Academic and Health Policy (CAHP), TUMS-KTE Study Group, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - School of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Golestan, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Physiology Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: article, basic research, clinical research, cooperation, health care system, Iran, medical research, medical school, research collaboration, scoring system, university
Subjects: مقالات نمایه شده محققین دانشگاه در سایت ,Web of Science ,Scopus
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Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 06:36
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2283

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