Document Type : Original Article


Department of Health, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran


CONTEXT: Iranian National Health Scientific Map is a national plan the implementation of which
remarkably influences the progress of the country, though it is facing challenges in its implementation
AIMS: The present study has been conducted with the main aim of identifying the challenges facing
the comprehensive scientific health map of Iran.
SETTING AND DESIGN: This is an applied and qualitative study.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study was done in 2017 with the content analysis approach
among experts of research and technology management. Some 18 people were selected and were
deeply interviewed, meanwhile observing the credibility of research.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Data analysis was performed based on content analysis and
using ATLAS.ti software.
RESULTS: Data analysis resulted in the identification of 427 codes, 84 subthemes, and 12 themes.
Twelve themes were specified including policy‑making, management, university autonomy,
quantitative development, consideration of science production chain, designing and monitoring of
science map, finance, qualitative assessment, human resources, research ethics, as well as allocating
attention to the infrastructure and communication.
CONCLUSION: The scientific map of health challenges are indicative of the need for modification
of the scientific map and adhering to solutions in line with the removal of the identified challenges.
Today, paying attention to the solutions capable of meeting such challenges is a must.


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