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Revista de Salud Pública

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ESCOBAR-DIAZ, Fabio A  and  AGUDELO-CALDERON, Carlos A. On health research as public policy in Colombia: assessment and perspectives. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.3, pp.484-494. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v18n3.57477.

This essay presents some elements of analysis for thinking about health research in Colombia as a public policy, something which was formed starting in 1990 with the establishment of Science and Technology regulations. A set of institutional adjustments was carried out which led to the creation of the National Program of Health Science and Technology and the National Council of Health Science and Technology. In addition, it led to the institutionalization of calls for research proposals as a mechanism for selecting research projects and assigning resources in accordance with the needs and priorities of the National System of Science and Technology. Since then, there have been no major changes in the public management of health research, with the exception of the Health Research Fund, created in 2001. However, some efforts have been made to develop some capacities and -so far unsuccessfully- to formulate a national policy on health research. The Statutory Health Act approved in 2015 could be an important opportunity to realize and implement this policy decision.

Keywords : Research; public policy.

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