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How Can Primary Health Care System and Community-Based Participatory Research Be Complementary?

Author(s): Payam Sheikhattari | Farin Kamangar

Journal: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
ISSN 2008-7802

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Keywords: Community | Research | Health | Iran.

Health statistics leave little doubt that the current health system in Iran,which is mainly based on primary health care (PHC), is a functioningone, and that health in Iran has improved far beyond where it was 40years ago. However, this system has its limitations too. While PHC isvery effective in reducing morbidity and mortality from infectious diseasesand other acute conditions, it is far less effective in addressingchronic and multi-factorial conditions which are now emerging in Iran.In this article, we review some of the salient features of the currenthealth system in Iran, its strengths and limitations, and then introducecommunity-based participatory research (CBPR) as a method thatcould potentially fill some of the gaps in the system. We will discussthe definition and steps needed to implement CBPR, provide someimportant references, and discuss how this approach may not onlyimprove the health system but it could also lead to improvement inother fields in the society too.
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