Nurse scientists overcoming challenges to lead transdisciplinary research teams

Nurs Outlook. 2014 Sep-Oct;62(5):352-61. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.05.002. Epub 2014 May 28.


Increasingly, scientific funding agencies are requiring that researchers move toward an integrated, transdisciplinary team science paradigm. Although the barriers to and rewards of conducting this type of research have been discussed in the literature, examples of how nurse investigators have led these teams to reconcile the differences in theoretical, methodological, and/or analytic perspectives that inevitably exist are lacking. In this article, we describe these developmental trajectory challenges through a case study of one transdisciplinary team, focusing on team member characteristics and the leadership tasks associated with successful transdisciplinary science teams in the literature. Specifically, we describe how overcoming these challenges has been essential to examining the complex and potentially cumulative effects that key intersections between legal, social welfare, and labor market systems may have on the health of disadvantaged women. Finally, we discuss this difficult but rewarding work within the context of lessons learned and transdisciplinary team research in relation to the future of nursing science.

Keywords: Health inequities; Nursing science; Team science; Transdisciplinary research.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Male
  • Men's Health
  • Models, Organizational
  • Nursing Research / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • United States
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Women's Health