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      Rol del Estado en la investigación científica en salud y transparencia en la información Translated title: The role of the State in health-related scientific research and data transparency


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          La investigación en salud es una herramienta necesaria para el desarrollo de un país, la cual debe ser materializada en políticas públicas que repercutan sobre el bienestar de la población; por lo que es indudable la responsabilidad del Estado en su promoción, desarrollo y difusión, trabajando en forma conjunta con otros actores de la sociedad y del mundo académico a nivel nacional e internacional. En este manuscrito se revisa la normativa que establece el rol del Estado peruano sobre investigación en salud y transparencia en la información, el desarrollo que ha tenido en la gobernanza del sector, y los ejemplos más tangibles en que las investigaciones promovidas por el Ministerio de Salud a través del Instituto Nacional de Salud en colaboración con otras instituciones, han terminado en políticas públicas en beneficio de la población como el cambio de tratamiento de malaria y la vacunación universal contra la hepatitis viral B.

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          Health-related research is a necessary tool for the development of every country, and this research must be materialized by means of public policies directed towards achieving welfare for the community as a whole; so undoubtedly there is a great responsibility for the state in terms of promoting, developing and spreading health-related research, jointly working with other components of society and the academic sector, both nationally and internationally. This article reviews the regulations that establish the role of the Peruvian state on health-related research and data transparency, the development of management strategies for this area, and the most tangible achievements showing that health-related research promoted by the Peruvian Ministry of health through the National Institute of Health led to the implementation of public policies favoring the whole population, such as changes in therapy for malaria and universal immunization against hepatitis B.

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                Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
                Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica
                Instituto Nacional de Salud (Lima )
                October 2006
                : 23
                : 4
                : 275-283
                [1 ] Instituto Nacional de Salud Colombia
                [2 ] Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Peru
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