Collaborative research under the unification model.

M. Rehwaldt*, N. Harte, K. S. Blesch, J. Paice, R. Wickham, S. Purl, P. L. Kopp, S. Manson, S. B. Coveny

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The research role of the clinical nurse specialist is often the most difficult to implement. At the masters level, efforts are generally directed at utilization and evaluation of research more than design and implementation. Collaboration between several investigators, however, is an efficient and effective method of pooling the resources of a variety of researchers, allowing the actualization of all aspects of the research process. A collaborative effort to look at the clinical problem of fatigue was undertaken by a group of masters-prepared oncology nurses. Strategies for effective collaboration are outlined. Issues related to gaining group commitment and to delineating roles at the onset, voluntary participation, and timely communication are discussed. A realistic timetable and regular informal meetings helped to sustain the momentum of the study. All members were able to contribute a part of the completed project and to experience the professional and personal satisfaction of "owning" a research project from start to finish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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