oa South African Health Review - A review of health research in South Africa from 1994 to 2007 : Primary Health Care : systems support

Volume 2008 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



A review of health research conducted in South Africa between 1994 and 2007 will be presented in this chapter. The purpose of this review was to assess the extent to which health systems research has reflected the country's emphasis on Primary Health Care, and also the extent to which health research in general has reflected articulated national research priorities. The review revealed that the proportion of health systems research focusing on Primary Health Care issues has increased significantly since 1994. However, this research has focused primarily on quality of care and human resources for health, while aspects of Primary Health Care, like accessibility to, and equity of care have been relatively neglected. The number of publications in the area of HIV and AIDS has risen dramatically since 1994, and is an area which dominates all other disease-related research. Conclusions are drawn that research institutions, oversight bodies and researchers, should give more attention to those areas of Primary Health Care and health problems, which have been relatively neglected in the past 14 years in the South African research arena.

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