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LUCRECIA MEDINA, Myriam; GABRIEL MEDINA, Marcelo  y  MERINO, Luis Antonio. Scientific research as academic mission of the public university hospitals. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2015, vol.41, n.1. ISSN 0864-3466.

Assistance, education and research are mutually linked in a university hospital. The objective of this paper is to underline the meaning of the scientific research as an academic mission of the public university hospitals. The integration of research with the clinical practice assures higher quality of health services, better implementation of medical advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases and more ethical and efficient care to patients. Reaching such integration involves medical assistance of excellence, better prepared and more acknowledged professionals in their research work, adequate financing and the integrity of the institutional system that supports the research activity, without ignoring the sustained involvement of young researchers. The abovementioned involves changes in medical education, in the organization of the research activity and of the hospitals as well. The university hospital has the right characteristics to face the translational research challenge, to serve as a core and to provide effective alternative to the complex relationship between health research and decision taking at the political level, so that assistance and research can finally get closer. The hospital officials must be aware of the fact that biomedical research is also a hospital product. The university hospitals, either more or less complex, should perform assistance, teaching and research activities to offer quality care and to make the best use of the scientific evidence at its disposal.

Palabras clave : scientific research; academic role; translational research; university hospitals.

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