Invited Commentaries

“Invited Commentaries” (IC) is an innovative attempt by SAPHIR to gather invaluable information on current and prospective public health important problems in Iran and discuss them with experts. It is a model of documenting less discussed/documented but salient health challenges of the nation.  One example of those is how to bend the healthcare cost curve in Iran. Another example can be finding efficient ways to effectively control risk factors of cardiovascular disease. The problems can be discussed from a special angle or from multiple points of view. A typical IC is an around-1000-word piece of writing comprising three sections: a root and two comments. A so-called Root Thread Writer (RTW) initiates the statement of the problem in the root and invites the first commentator for comments.  The information provided by the authors are evidence based and citations are necessary. However, the level of evidence is not restricted to published articles in peer-reviewed journals. For example, they can be gray literature, lectures, and official reports and news. The RTW and the commentator select a second commentator for the final feedback.  The three pieces are put together and get polished for online publication on SAPHIR’s website.  They are to be in the public domain so that everyone can add his/her opinion under the discussed topics. The RTW authorizes the public comments to appear on the web.  To improve the quality of this work you can contact Saeid Shahraz at

We are excited to provide the first set of these commentaries on our website.