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Open Access Enhancing Health-Care Research: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach Amélioration de la recherche sur les soins de santé : une approche collaborative et interdisciplinaire

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Many research programs tackle complex problems that cannot be comprehensively investigated by a sole researcher or a research team from a single profession. Interdisciplinary teams can develop a collective mass of common knowledge, broaden the scope of research, and produce more clinically relevant outcomes that are sensitive to the realities of practice. The authors describe the experience of a research team from the perspective of its members. The purposes of the paper are to highlight the benefits of an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to research and to describe the characteristics of a successful team. Some of the benefits discussed include increased research productivity and quality, professional development and mentorship, support and encouragement, expanded resource networks, and bridging of the gap between academia and practice. The authors also discuss the characteristics of a successful research team, associated challenges, and recommendations for enhancing research endeavours through collaboration.

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De nombreux programmes de recherche s'attaquent à des questions trop complexes pour qu'un(e) chercheur(euse) seul(e) ou une équipe de recherche formée de membres de la même profession puisse en faire entièrement le tour. Les équipes interdisciplinaires peuvent, collectivement, produire une masse de connaissances communes, élargir l'étendue de la recherche et obtenir des résultats plus pertinents sur le plan clinique qui sont sensibles aux réalités de la pratique. Les auteurs décrivent l'expérience d'une équipe de recherche du point de vue de ses membres. Le document de recherche vise à mettre en lumière les avantages d'une approche collaborative et interdisciplinaire en recherche ainsi qu'à décrire les caractéristiques d'une équipe gagnante. Certains des avantages décrits comprennent notamment la productivité et la qualité de la recherche, le perfectionnement professionnel et l'encadrement, le soutien et l'encouragement, des réseaux de ressources élargis, et le rapprochement du monde universitaire et de la pratique. Les auteurs abordent également les questions des caractéristiques d'une équipe de recherche gagnante et des défis qui y sont associés, et ils font des recommandations pour l'amélioration des projets de recherche par la collaboration.

Keywords: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH; INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH; RESEARCH PROGRAM; RESEARCH TEAMS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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