Health Research

  • Anna G. Shillabeer


The development of evidence-based solutions to healthcare challenges in any country is heavily dependant on research. Even where solutions exist, they are often location specific and are non-transferable, and hence research is required to extend or modify a solution. What works in Africa or Europe is rarely appropriate for Viet Nam. Vietnamese academics are however not as engaged with research as their more western academic peers are. English language is often not strong and hence access to leading research outputs can be limited. Publication opportunities and exposure are also limited which makes most Vietnamese academics invisible to the world and reduces the potential for collaboration. It also suggests that no research is done in Viet Nam which is not the case. Many international researchers and funding providers focus on Viet Nam as an untapped ‘wilderness’ offering the greatest potential for impact, and this cannot be argued against. The value of international healthcare research projects is invaluable and has changed the lives of millions and built the capacity of the healthcare profession in many locations and specialties. This chapter presents the key international research groups and provides a detailed overview of the major projects implemented in Viet Nam to date and their outcomes. More importantly, the chapter also identifies and presents the future research needs and success factors for research in Viet Nam. The aim is to encourage more world-class researchers to consider Viet Nam and enable them to engage in a culturally, politically and financially appropriate manner.


Evidence-based healthcare Challenges Research Viet Nam Vietnam Education University Collaboration Funding Success factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna G. Shillabeer
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  1. 1.CSEM, Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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