Document Type : Commentary
Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, ON, Canada
School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, London, ON, Canada
School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, London, ON, Canada
In this commentary, we respond to Bowen and colleagues’ empirical study of research partnerships between Canadian health organizations and university-based investigators. We draw on our experiences of university and health-services partnerships to elaborate on some of the misalignments between researchers and health services leaders identified by Bowen et al. We take up Bowen and colleagues’ call to re-imagine research by proposing three promising points of intervention in research partnerships. These are: (1) orient towards research relationships rather than project-based partnerships; (2) recognize shared and diverging expectations and objectives; and (3) foster a more nuanced understanding of mutual gains.