What Can Health Services Researchers Offer Health Systems? Developing Meaningful Partnerships Between Academics and Health System Workers; Comment on “Experience of Health Leadership in Partnering with University-Based Researchers in Canada - A Call to ‘Re-imagine’ Research”

Document Type : Commentary


Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia


As healthcare researchers, we know very well our own experiences on the challenges of partnering with those in the health system to do collaborative, internationally-regarded studies aiming for impact. Bowen and colleagues’ study in Canada empirically examines these issues from the other side, interviewing health system leaders about their perspectives of us researchers, research collaborations and the challenges and opportunities these pose. Based on their findings, they propose a need to re-imagine the contours of research. Inspired by that, in this commentary we examine the context for research partnerships and consider some of the emerging models for fostering more meaningful collaborations between researchers and those working in healthcare systems and organisations. Based on principles of embedded research and researchers, these models—including translational research networks (TRNs) and researcher-in-residence models—rely on a complex interplay of personal and interpersonal factors to be successful.


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Volume 10, Issue 2
February 2021
Pages 90-92
  • Receive Date: 14 November 2019
  • Revise Date: 12 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 15 January 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 February 2021