Far less has been discussed about interprofessional collaboration in research perhaps because it has been assumed that such collaboration is the norm. And to some degree it is. No research grant would be submitted for funding without the requisite expertise in the various sciences and statistics. The benefits of such collaboration may seem obvious. There are also, challenges to interprofessional collaboration. This would include questions of turf and group dynamics that also may pose a problem because of the inbred and assumed research practices by various professions. Methodology, research design, data collection and analysis all need to be discussed and agreed upon. Research with collaborators in one’s own profession requires this conversation even more so when the jargon of the potential collaborators differs. Schedule coordination is a necessity for planning and execution of the research study and is complicated when collaborators work for different departments and/or organizations. Finally, funding for the research when there is no grant, is another challenge.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the perspectives of research collaborators on their interprofessional collaboration during and at the conclusion of their HIV research..
Method: Qualitative analysis will be used to investigate known obstacles and positive outcomes as a frame for discussion via an electronic questionnaire (Qualtrics). Data on collaboration will be collected during HIV data collection and it's completion. The data for the study of interprofessional perspectives on collaboration will be examined independently by the investigators of this study. After the completion of the HIV study, the investigators were invited to revisit their initial responses and add further commentary to enrich our understanding of the challenges confronting scientists engaging in interprofessional collaborative research.
Conclusions: With this study of the challenges of interprofessional, collaborative research, investigators preparing to engage in such research will be able to resolve key issues prior to engaging in interprofessional collaboration, thereby assuring a smoother pathway to the benefits of collaborative research.
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