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Policy analysis, regional variation analysis, and designing a perinatal care regionalization model in Iran- Seminar

Friday, July 4, 2008 (All day)

Time: 12.45pm-2pm

Venue: Bennett Room, Keppel St

Speaker:  Arash Rashidian

Dr Arash Rashidian is Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) and also the Deputy Director for Research, Center for Academic and Health Policy (CAHP), TUMS. an Honorary Lecturer with the School since March 2006. Prior to that he was a Lecturer in Health Services Research at the HSR, PHP; and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS).


His main research interests are evidence-based health policy, quality improvement and changing health professionals' behaviour. His expertise is in understanding health systems in developing and developed countries and in the use of different quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and the application of those methods for answering health services and health policy questions.


Chair: Nicholas Mays

The goal of regionalization is "to devise a system which assures that needed care of the best quality available, can be made accessible to all and operated within the constraints of economic feasibility." The Ministry of Health and Medical Education in Iran requested proposals for the development of a regionalization plan for perinatal services and NICU beds in the country. They successfully obtained funding to conduct a research project consisting of:

A qualitative policy analysis of current practices and policies regarding perinatal care
Analysis of the geographical distribution of current perinatal care services in Iran
Developing a national model for optimized distribution of perinatal services

The presentation will report the main findings of the study and also the regionalized model of prenatal care for the country. The model is now under serious consideration for implementation in Iran. The talk will also elaborate on technical and conceptual difficulties of planning regionalization models, as well as implementing them while respecting equity, effectiveness and efficiency objectives.


Contact: Paula Fry for more information (paula.fry@lshtm.ac.uk)