Lessons learned in research, collaboration, and dissemination in a national institute of nursing research-funded research center. Academic Article uri icon


  • This article provides the key findings of interviews and focus groups with researchers and administrators throughout a P30 Center on the issues of collaboration among researchers, multidisciplinary research, center support, and dissemination. The most notable findings confirmed throughout this process include methods of collaboration and shared strategies for subject recruitment. Specifically, the researchers participating in the P30 Center recommended that a research-intensive environment facilitate the ability of investigators to discuss their methods, struggles, and findings in ways that unite investigators toward a common goal to advance the science and improve health care. Researchers become isolated easily, thus running the risk of losing valuable time by duplicating others' work, falling short in fulfilling their commitments to scientific research, and losing opportunities to learn from each others' experiences. Especially in the realm of subject recruitment and study design, researchers often have similar problems and can benefit from both informal conversations and structured forums. Based on these findings, the authors provide recommendations for future collaborative research in schools of nursing. These include establishing certain key institutional structures and mechanisms by which established researchers can interact with junior investigators to train and mentor them.2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.