Advancing Health Services Collaborative and Partnership Research; Comment on “Experience of Health Leadership in Partnering with University-Based Researchers in Canada – A Call to ‘Re-imagine’ Research”

Document Type : Commentary


1 Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Medical Management Centre, SOLIID, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

2 Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

3 Stockholm Gerontology Research Centre, Stockholm, Sweden


Bowen et al highlight the trend towards partnership research to address the complex challenges currently facing healthcare systems and organizations world-wide. They focus on important strategic actors in partner organizations and their experiences, views and advice for sustainable collaboration, within a Canadian context. The authors call for a multi-system change to provide better conditions for research partnerships. They highlight needs to re-imagine research, to move beyond an ‘acute care’ and clinical focus in research, to re-think research funding, and to improve the academic preparation for research partnerships. In this commentary we provide input to the discussion on practical guidance for those involved in research partnerships based on our partnership experiences from ten research projects conducted within the Swedish healthcare system since 2007. We also highlight areas that need attention in future research in order to learn from approaches used for collaborative and partnership research.


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Volume 10, Issue 2
February 2021
Pages 106-110
  • Receive Date: 14 November 2019
  • Revise Date: 25 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 26 January 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 February 2021