Group functioning of a collaborative family research team

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Peer Reviewed


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NLM Title Abbreviation

Clin Nurse Spec

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Clinical nurse specialist CNS

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Collaborative research teams are an attractive means of conducting nursing research in the clinical setting because of the many opportunities that collaboration can supply. These opportunities include a chance to: (1) network with other nurses who have similar interests, (2) share knowledge and expertise for designing clinical studies that directly affect daily practice, (3) develop instruments, (4) write grant proposals, (5) collect and analyze data, and (6) prepare manuscripts for publication. The effectiveness of research teams, however, is strongly influenced by group functioning. This article describes the functioning of a collaborative family interventions research team of nursing faculty members and CNSs at a large Midwestern university setting. The formation of the group and membership characteristics are described, along with strategies used to identify the research focus and individual and group goals. Aspects related to the influence of the group on members and the internal operations of the group are also addressed. Future strategies to be explored will focus on the size of the group and joint authorship issues. The authors also set forth a number of recommendations for development of collaborative research groups.


Clinical Nursing Research/methods, Faculty, Nursing, Family, Group Processes, Humans, Nurse Clinicians, Research Design

Published Article/Book Citation

Clinical nurse specialist CNS, 7:4 (1993) pp.184-191.

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