What Is Behvarz Health Study (BHS)?
One of the serious needs of the health system is the determination of risk factors and diseases among populations that to a large extent have the characteristics of the general population (although they may not be the true representative of the general population). The incidence rates observed and reported in these populations are needed to make some of the policy decisions. This study is aimed to use the experts in the country and abroad to design and launch the first national cohort study among employees of the Ministry of Health (health workers/Behvarz). The project is conducted among health workers (Behvarz) to appreciate and acknowledge their valuable efforts. As a result of their activities during the past 30 years something like a miracle happened in the health status of rural people and the entire population as well.
Determining the effect size of the risk factors associated with the studied outcomes among health workers (Behvarz) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education during the 20 years of the study
Determining the effect size of health interventions designed for the primary and secondary prevention of the studied outcomes among health workers (Behvarz) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education during the 20 years of the study
Creating a comprehensive database of risk factors and diseases which are prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Determining the effect size of risk factors of non-communicable diseases, injuries, and accidents for the first time in such a way that the heterogeneity of risk factors will be consistent with the heterogeneity of the Iranian population
Due to a significant reduction in loss to follow-up, the quality of this study is similar to the quality of cohort studies conducted in developed countries.
Designing evidence-based policies to strengthen and integrate the health system at the national and subnational levels in the country
Promoting international cooperation with prestigious foreign academic authorities
Providing a suitable platform for launching and implementing health interventions within the cohort study to determine the effectiveness of the interventions
Building scientific capacity associated with the diseases, risk factors, epidemiological knowledge, and statistical skills in research centers and other parts of the health system in the country
Providing detection and prevention services for health workers (Behvarz) who are at the front-line and are the providers of health services in rural areas