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Damari B, Ehsani-Chimeh E. Status of Human resources management in Iran’s health sector and the path to development: A qualitative study. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2019; 33 (1) :415-422
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4782-en.html
Governance and Health Department, Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries center of Neuroscience institution, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , bdamari@gmail.com
Abstract:   (2627 Views)
    Background: Resource generation, stewardship, financing, and provision of health care services are 4 major functions of the health system. In this study, human resource management, as a vital aspect of resource generation, was studied and some interventions have been suggested for Iran.
   Methods: This was a mixed method study.  Data were collected through the review of the relevant articles and government documents, interviews with human resources managers and experts in the health sector, and focus group discussions with selected authorities. The interview questions were based on a model proposed by the WHO.
   Results: The collected data were categorized into 3 broad sets: description of the current status, factors contributing to the current status, and suggested interventions for improvement. Lack of a comprehensive human resources management policy and inattention to the human resources management in the developmental plans are some of the most common problems in Iran’s health sector. Also, unequal distribution, unemployment, migration of graduates, and inadequate and ineffective participation of faculty members in universities are some other problems referred to as lack of a unified stewardship and dearth of a comprehensive human resources planning. Suggested interventions have focused on stewardship function of the health care system.
   Conclusion: A policy brief on the human resources for health needs should be developed and added as a separate article to the upstream documents of the country (eg, Iran’s 20-year outlook plan). Implementing and monitoring operational plans for policy execution at Ministry of health has a major role in executing the adopted strategies.

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