Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe 3 challenges to conducting international research via an international collaboration.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to list steps to prepare for an international collaboration on a research project.
While there are many regulations and guidelines describing international human subjects research, there are few resources describing the trials and tribulations of conducting international nursing research. This presentation will describe our process of conducting international research based on our recent experience in Nepal. Successes, challenges, methodological issues and problems encountered, along with creative solutions will be shared. Finding appropriate partners, making professional connections, progressing through multiple Internal Review Board committees, and tips for working with another culture will be reviewed. Comments from students, and faculty, in both countries will be shared.
The experiences come from a research project on “Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage by Nurses in Nepal” conducted by nursing students from both countries, over a period of a year. The project involved nursing students from both a university in the Midwest and 2 universities and hospitals in Nepal, one in Dhulikhel and the other in Kathmandu, partnering to complete this study. Although we experienced many challenges in conducting this study, they were not insurmountable, and once overcome, allowed this collaboration to be successful, with potential long-term benefits for future delivery of healthcare.
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