Evaluating the Framework, Range, and Procedures of Health System Research within the Ghana Health Service (GHS)
The research conducted an evaluation of the organizational structure, extent, and procedures within the Ghana Health Service (GHS) with a focus on health system research (HSR). The study utilized a non-interventional approach, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Specifically, it adopted a descriptive cross-sectional survey design. The research population encompassed GHS management and staff members from three research centers, totaling 300 participants. This cohort included key figures such as the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, the Director of Research and Information Management System (RSIM) at the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Director of Research at GHS, as well as three heads of these institutions and 294 staff members. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS software, and the findings revealed that all organizations had established organograms. The presence of an organogram indicated a solid foundation for research efforts. However, the study uncovered that research was not receiving the requisite support and attention within this organizational structure. Some respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the placement and resource allocation for research within the organogram, advocating for its separation from other departments. The research underscores the need for robust institutional support to enhance both the quality of research and operational effectiveness. Consequently, it assesses the structures, scope, and processes of HSR within Ghana's healthcare system. The study concludes with a recommendation for decision-makers to prioritize the development of infrastructure to foster HSR within these organizations on an ongoing basis.
Keywords: Health technologies, research structures, health systems research, human resource, physical structures, organization structures, monitoring and evaluation
How to Cite: Jacob K Abebrese, & Chukwuma Chinaza Adaobi (2023). Evaluating the Framework, Range, and Procedures of Health System Research within the Ghana Health Service (GHS). Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health, 6(5), 1514-1530.