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Interdisciplinary health research: perspectives from a process evaluation research team

Interdisciplinary health research: perspectives from a process evaluation research team
Interdisciplinary health research: perspectives from a process evaluation research team
Background Interdisciplinary health research (IDHR) is increasingly encouraged and is often a specific requirement for research grants provided by health research funding councils worldwide. There is consensus that research expertise and scholarship from a diverse range of disciplines are necessary to examine questions relating to complex health and social concerns for which single disciplinary approaches have been found inadequate.
Methods This paper reports on the experiences of an interdisciplinary process evaluation research team working in the field of stroke care.
Results Realising the perceived benefits is less than straightforward; setting up and conducting IDHR can present researchers with a range of challenges at a strategic, practical and individual level. We identify how differences in disciplinary perspectives and skills impacted on our research practice.
Conclusions Whilst initially challenging, our different approaches to the research problem and the methods to address it, expanded conceptual and methodological understanding and proved of benefit for the research team and the study outputs.
1479-1072
179-189
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Sadler, E.
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Harding, G.
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Forster, Anne
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Monaghan, Josie
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Clarke, David, Hawkins, Rebecca, Sadler, E., Harding, G., Forster, Anne, McKevitt, C., Godfrey, M., Monaghan, Josie and Farrin, A. (2012) Interdisciplinary health research: perspectives from a process evaluation research team. Quality in Primary Care, 20 (3), 179-189.

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Abstract

Background Interdisciplinary health research (IDHR) is increasingly encouraged and is often a specific requirement for research grants provided by health research funding councils worldwide. There is consensus that research expertise and scholarship from a diverse range of disciplines are necessary to examine questions relating to complex health and social concerns for which single disciplinary approaches have been found inadequate.
Methods This paper reports on the experiences of an interdisciplinary process evaluation research team working in the field of stroke care.
Results Realising the perceived benefits is less than straightforward; setting up and conducting IDHR can present researchers with a range of challenges at a strategic, practical and individual level. We identify how differences in disciplinary perspectives and skills impacted on our research practice.
Conclusions Whilst initially challenging, our different approaches to the research problem and the methods to address it, expanded conceptual and methodological understanding and proved of benefit for the research team and the study outputs.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 February 2012
Published date: 2012

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Local EPrints ID: 431721
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431721
ISSN: 1479-1072
PURE UUID: e00f2b29-ba10-408c-8df3-bad4f211b518

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Author: David Clarke
Author: Rebecca Hawkins
Author: E. Sadler
Author: G. Harding
Author: Anne Forster
Author: C. McKevitt
Author: M. Godfrey
Author: Josie Monaghan
Author: A. Farrin

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