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Gaceta Sanitaria

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O'SHANAHAN JUAN, José Joaquín et al. Methodology for an appreciative, dynamic and collaborative process: 3rd Canary Islands (Spain) Health Plan. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.6, pp.477-479. ISSN 0213-9111.

The need for new approaches to strategic planning by incorporating the perspectives of professionals and inhabitants has led to a new model for the 3rd Canary Islands (Spain) Health Plan (IIIPSC). A dual-phase participatory process using qualitative techniques is proposed: 1) local phase: a quantitative and qualitative study based on training and a research-action-participation initiative; and 2) insular phase: health conferences with face-to-face discussion of results in each health area (island) and proposals for action. The process prioritises problems and establishes a specific action plan for each island through initiatives that are considered to be viable, grouped by themes and weighted according to the potential impact on priority problems. This process of interaction may help to guide planning model changes and health policy decision-making, and was included in the IIIPSC Project for its parliamentary procedure.

Keywords : Health plan implementation; Health planning; Health services research; Distance learning; Appreciative inquiry; Action research.

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