Promising Points for Intervention in Re-Imagining Partnered Research in Health Services; Comment on “Experience of Health Leadership in Partnering with University-Based Researchers in Canada – A Call to ‘Re-imagine’ Research”

Document Type : Commentary


1 Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, London, ON, Canada

2 School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, London, ON, Canada

3 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.


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Volume 10, Issue 3
March 2021
Pages 155-157
  • Receive Date: 04 December 2019
  • Revise Date: 08 February 2020
  • Accept Date: 15 February 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 March 2021