دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایران
Iran University of Medical Sciences

Women’s Health

 | Post date: 2017/09/27 | 
Introduction
World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as complete physical, mental and social welfare and not merely absence of disease. Based on this definition, health has various determinants and physical problems that attracted attention of health care professionals for many years, are not the only contributing factors. Many biological, social, cultural, bioenvironmental and economic factors affect health. Women, just like men, on one hand are exposed to many common diseases and risk factors. However, on the other hand due to physiologic reasons such as pregnancy, lactation and menopause are more prone to diseases and disabilities. Therefore, an evidence-based approach is required for management of reproductive health, geriatric health and control of communicable diseases among females.
Due to biologic, social, cultural, environmental and other differences, some risk factors have different outcomes among females and some chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, obesity, depression…) are more common among them. Furthermore, social and economic discrimination against women make females suffer differently from some diseases and injuries. Committing suicide is more common among women in comparison with men and women are more often victims of domestic violence. Thus, there is a certain need for a research group focused on women health to determine risk factors, incidence and prevalence of diseases and injuries as well as studying the efficacy of appropriate interventions after identifying them with the goal of planning for disease control and promoting women health.
 
Vision
Promoting women health and quality of life at national level through identifying the most important women health problems and address them by implementing appropriate interventions for both prevention and treatment.
 
Mission
1-Studying and applying preventive programs to address social damages in women.
2-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures, control, treatment as well as improving quality of life for women with sarcopenia.
3-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures and control of domestic violence against women
4-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures and control of suicide commission among women
5-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures, control and treatment of postpartum depression
6-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures and control of high-risk sexual behavior in women
7-Planning and implementing interventional studies with the goal of improving preventive measures, control and treatment of diseases and injuries due to ageing in women and ultimately improving quality of life in geriatric women.
8-Provision of research funds and resources in regard to women health through supportive national and international organizations.
9-Organized review and meta-analysis of valid studies about women health with focus on research areas of the group.
10-Advocacy and development of research activities and translation of pertinent literature concerning women health .
Research Areas:
1-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of sarcopenia and investigating efficacy of interventions for its prevention and control.
2-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of domestic violence against women and investigating efficacy of interventions for its prevention and control.
3-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of suicide commission in women and investigating efficacy of interventions for its prevention and control.
4-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of depression in women (especially postpartum depression) and investigating efficacy of interventions for its prevention, control and treatment.
5-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of high-risk sexual behavior in women and investigating efficacy of interventions for its prevention and control.
6-Epidemiologic studies about risk factors, incidence and prevalence of diseases and injuries due to ageing in women and investigating efficacy of interventions for their prevention, control and treatment .
Strategies:
1-Contribution to designing and installing systematic networks for gathering, saving and documenting national data related to women health
2-Collaboration in conducting joint international/regional research projects in regard to women health 
Impact
Promoting women health and quality of life at national level during five years.
 
Outputs:
1-Provision of necessary information and evidence regarding health of women across the country.
2-Reaching collaboration agreements with non-academic institutes to implement research plans related to women health.
3-Creating appropriate and state-of-the-art guidelines concerning women health.
4- Preparing policy brief for policymakers in regard to women health. 
 
Short-term Plans:
1-Identifying priorities in each research areas of women health by means of exploring current literature and available resources.
2-Identifying and communicating with non-academic institutes that are actively involved in women health to identify research priorities.
3-Identifying individuals in academia who are actively involved in women health and inviting them for collaboration with our research group.
4-Designing and implementing cost-effective projects 
Medium-term Plans:
1-Designing and implementing research plans based on identified priorities.
2-Expanding collaboration with non-academic institutes that are actively involved in women health and implementing significant national plans.
3-Introducing and establishing doctoral (Ph.D.) by research and postdoctoral by research programs in each of the women health research areas .
Long-term Plans:
1-Becoming a recognized center for national policy making in women health.
2-Reaching the ultimate goal (impact) and fulfilling mission with respect to our vision.
3-Designing and implementing appropriate interventions to promote women health beyond national boundaries and at regional level.

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