Volume 15, Issue 2 (Vol.15, No.2 2019)                   irje 2019, 15(2): 116-125 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Research Institute for Health Development, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran
2- Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, School of Health and Nutrition, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
4- Doctor of Medicine, Department of Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention, Deputy of Health, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran
5- Doctor of Medicine, World Health Organization Country Office in Iran, Tehran, Iran
6- Associate Professor of Health Education, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran , moshaisf@yahoo.com
Abstract:   (1719 Views)
Background and Objectives: Social marketing is a method that acts through identifying the needs and demands of the audience and specifying the components of the behavioral market using the results of developmental research. So far, social marketing has not been used to involve the private sector in the tuberculosis (TB) control program. The aim of this study was to design a Public-Private Mix (PPM) program using social marketing.
Methods: This qualitative study was conducted using focused group discussions (FGD) with six different groups, including tuberculosis coordinator physicians, specialists from different fields in the private section, and managers of selected private laboratories and hospitals in Karaj in 2013 and the components of the PPM program were determined according to the results of the qualitative study.
Results: Most of the participants believed that participation of the private sector in the TB program was associated with significant challenges, including the lack of a well-defined process for communicating with the private sector, lack of a suitable platform, lack of appropriate monitoring tools, private sector’s lack of compliance, private sector’s lack of familiarity with national TB program protocols, lack of appropriate incentive and punitive measures, lack of appropriate feedback to the private sector, and monopoly in laboratories.
Conclusion: To run PPM in the TB program, it is necessary to involve laboratories in the program voluntarily. It is also essential to provide an informational and incentive package containing effective and low-volume tutorials; the package should facilitate feedback and promote respect for the private sector.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Epidemiology
Received: 2019/10/12 | Accepted: 2019/10/12 | Published: 2019/10/12