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MOYANO-SANTIAGO, Miguel A.  and  RIVERA-LIRIO, Juana M.. Sustainability focus in the health plans of the autonomous communities: sustainable development as an opportunity. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.3, pp.172-177. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To determine the degree to which the health plans of the autonomous communities focus on the usual three dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental, both in the general level of discourse and in the different areas of intervention. Method: A qualitative study was conducted through content analysis of a large sample of documents. The specific methodology was analysis of symbolic and operational sensitivity in a sample of eleven health plans of the Spanish state. Results: Social aspects, such as social determinants or vulnerable groups, are receiving increasing attention from the health planner, although there is room to strengthen attention to environmental issues and to provide specific interventions in economic terms. Conclusions: The analysis demonstrates the incipient state of health plans as strategic planning documents that integrate economic, social and environmental aspects and contribute to the sustainability of the different health systems of the country.

Keywords : Public health; Quality of healthcare; Health service research; Holistic health.

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