Building Collaborative Research Teams Across Multiple Disciplines: The Importance of Establishing a Common Research Interest

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163197
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Building Collaborative Research Teams Across Multiple Disciplines: The Importance of Establishing a Common Research Interest
Author(s):
Keating, Stacen A.
Author Details:
Stacen A. Keating, MS, CRNP, PhD(c), Pre-Doctoral Student, Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, email: skeating@nursing.upenn.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this present study was to identify major patterns and themes evident in the collaboration efforts of a team of interdisciplinary geriatric health care researchers. Background: Recently, a renewed emphasis has been placed on the importance of having researchers from multiple disciplines come together to address health related issues believed to be too complex for one discipline to solve alone. Major organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences have made explicit their support of research that is interdisciplinary in nature. To date, however, there has been little empirical research done to document the process of interdisciplinary research itself. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): An ethnography of an interdisciplinary geriatric health care center was conducted over a two year period. After receiving consent from all members of the geriatric research team, this investigator was able to attend and record research meetings, compile field notes and conduct individual interviews with 12 of the 15 core team members. Meetings and interviews were transcribed and entered into a qualitative database for content analysis. Results: A major theme that emerged was the importance of bringing together team members who shared specific research interests and goals. Difficulties can arise if research interests are too broad. Collaborating across disciplines appears to be more efficient and productive when a specific interest or topic is identified among the team members early on in the collaborative process. Conclusions and Implications: Professionals from across multiple disciplines seem very interested in partnering with one another to produce new scientific knowledge. More empirical evidence is needed to understand how to best bring researchers from across disciplines together in a way that will be efficient, productive and satisfying to consumers, researchers and funding organizations.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBuilding Collaborative Research Teams Across Multiple Disciplines: The Importance of Establishing a Common Research Interesten_GB
dc.contributor.authorKeating, Stacen A.en_US
dc.author.detailsStacen A. Keating, MS, CRNP, PhD(c), Pre-Doctoral Student, Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, email: skeating@nursing.upenn.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163197-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this present study was to identify major patterns and themes evident in the collaboration efforts of a team of interdisciplinary geriatric health care researchers. Background: Recently, a renewed emphasis has been placed on the importance of having researchers from multiple disciplines come together to address health related issues believed to be too complex for one discipline to solve alone. Major organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences have made explicit their support of research that is interdisciplinary in nature. To date, however, there has been little empirical research done to document the process of interdisciplinary research itself. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): An ethnography of an interdisciplinary geriatric health care center was conducted over a two year period. After receiving consent from all members of the geriatric research team, this investigator was able to attend and record research meetings, compile field notes and conduct individual interviews with 12 of the 15 core team members. Meetings and interviews were transcribed and entered into a qualitative database for content analysis. Results: A major theme that emerged was the importance of bringing together team members who shared specific research interests and goals. Difficulties can arise if research interests are too broad. Collaborating across disciplines appears to be more efficient and productive when a specific interest or topic is identified among the team members early on in the collaborative process. Conclusions and Implications: Professionals from across multiple disciplines seem very interested in partnering with one another to produce new scientific knowledge. More empirical evidence is needed to understand how to best bring researchers from across disciplines together in a way that will be efficient, productive and satisfying to consumers, researchers and funding organizations.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:03:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:03:08Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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