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Revista de Salud Pública

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ESCOBAR-DIAZ, Fabio A.  and  AGUDELO-CALDERON, Carlos A.. An approach to research in the political agendas of the health sector in Colombia between 1990 and 2010. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.5, pp.595-602. ISSN 0124-0064.


To understand health research in Colombia in the context of governmental and legislative agendas related to the health sector between 1990 and 2010.


Official sources were used such as development plans, bills and institutional documents.


The National Government, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MSPS by its acronym in Spanish) and the Colombian Congress have focused their attention on health research as a public concern at certain presidential periods due to their interest in reducing the gap between research and health needs. In the 1990s, government plans showed greater interest in formulating a Science and Technology (S&T) policy in health led by the Ministry, an entity that had directorates, commissions and committees responsible for promoting and planning health research. In Congress, some health system reform projects included initiatives to formulate a health research policy that were not approved.


Health research is recognized as a fundamental tool to help solve health problems. However, said recognition by governmental and legislative actors has not been constant and the institutionality in the health sector has been precarious considering that there is no permanent interest in formulating an S&T policy in health.

Keywords : Research; research public policy (source: MeSH, NLM).

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