The Process of Collaboration Among Members of the International Family Nursing Association Research Collaboration Subcommittee

Birte Østergaard, Kathryn Hoehn Anderson, Cynthia A Danford, Helene Moriarty, Junko Honda, Lindsay Smith, Suzanne Feetham, Veronica Swallow, Sonja Meiers

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Background and Purpose: International research collaboration in health care predicts quality in scientific knowledge development. Yet, information about the process and challenges of collaboration is limited. The purpose of this presentation is to share research collaboration processes from survey development to manuscript writing in an international collaboration that aimed to define family nursing from a global perspective.
Framework: The Bioecological Theory of Human Development was used as the analytic framework guiding the study.
Methods: All interaction among researchers occurred through conference calling at regularly scheduled intervals. Researchers were members of the International Research Collaboration Subcommittee of the IFNA Research Committee. The Defining
Family Nursing survey was developed based upon collective expertise from family nursing researchers and existing literature. Consensus was reached on appropriate survey terminology to enhance global understanding. A data coding training session
was held to clarify the data coding schema and assure consistent methods use. Three subgroups of two to three co-investigators from Australia, Denmark and USA were assigned analysis of one to two questions. Full group discussions were held to bring  consensus to the findings.
Results: The research collaboration formed a dynamic social process that promoted an international exchange of ideas leading to a definition of family nursing and model development. Definition and model development discussions were challenging, and terminology often required clarification. Disagreements were a means to creating understanding of various systems and interactions influencing family nursing outcomes. Authors developed a podium presentation and a manuscript ready for submission based on findings.
Conclusions and Implications: International collaboration allows researchers to take into consideration the impact of distinct cultures on interpretation of findings. Collaboration encourages the sharing of ideas and illumination of cross-cultural
assumptions. The process of resolving differing perspectives based on theory, culture, and beliefs while remaining close to the data resulted in deep constructive conversations.
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Begivenhed14th International Family Nursing Conference: Social Determinants of Family Health: Expanding Family Nursing Capacity - Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA
Varighed: 13. aug. 201916. aug. 2019


Konference14th International Family Nursing Conference
LokationHyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
ByWashington DC