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An analysis of national collaboration with Spanish researchers abroad in the health sciences

Aceituno-Aceituno, Pedro et al.

Health research policy and systems. Volume 13:Issue 1 (2015); pp 1-12 -- BioMed Central

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  • Title:
    An analysis of national collaboration with Spanish researchers abroad in the health sciences
  • Author: Aceituno-Aceituno, Pedro;
    Romero-Martínez, Sonia;
    Victor-Ponce, Patricia;
    García-Núñez, José
  • Found In: Health research policy and systems. Volume 13:Issue 1 (2015); pp 1-12
  • Journal Title: Health research policy and systems
  • Subjects: Health planning--Developing countries--Periodicals; Medical policy--Developing countries--Periodicals; Public health--Research--Developing countries--Periodicals; Brain gain--Collaboration--Education--Knowledge--Return--Research career; Dewey: 362.107201724
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: BioMed Central
  • Abstract: AbstractBackgroundThe establishment of scientific collaborations with researchers abroad can be considered a good practice to make appropriate use of their knowledge and to increase the possibilities of them returning to their country. This paper analyses the collaboration between Spanish researchers abroad devoted to health sciences and national science institutions.MethodsWe used the Fontes' approach to perform a study on this collaboration with Spanish researchers abroad. We measured the level of national and international cooperation, the opportunity provided by the host country to collaborate, the promotion of collaboration by national science institutions, and the types of collaboration. A total of 88 biomedical researchers out of the 268 Spanish scientists who filled up the survey participated in the study. Different data analyses were performed to study the variables selected to measure the scientific collaboration and profile of Spanish researchers abroad.ResultsThere is a high level of cooperation between Spanish health science researchers abroad and international institutions, which contrasts with the small-scale collaboration with national institutions. Host countries facilitate this collaboration with national and international scientific institutions to a larger extent than the level of collaboration promotion carried out by Spanish institutions.ConclusionsThe national collaboration with Spanish researchers abroad in the health sciences is limited. Thus, the practice of making appropriate use of the potential of their expertise should be promoted and the opportunities for Spanish health science researchers to return home should be improved.
  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100081221014.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1478-4505; 10.1186/s12961-015-0055-2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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