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Knowledge Management for Fostering Biostatistical Collaboration within a Research Network: The RTRN Case Study

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Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network Data Coordinating Center, Mississippi e-Center, Jackson State University, 1230 Raymond Rd., Jackson, MS 39204, USA
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Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Services, Jackson State University, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive Jackson Medical Mall, Suite 301, Jackson, MS 39213, USA
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Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA
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Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of Newcastle (UoN), Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Clinical Research Center & Clinical and Translational Research, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
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Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, 911 Broxton Ave, Room 103, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2533; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112533
Received: 23 August 2018 / Revised: 4 October 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 12 November 2018
Purpose: While the intellectual and scientific rationale for research collaboration has been articulated, a paucity of information is available on a strategic approach to facilitate the collaboration within a research network designed to reduce health disparities. This study aimed to (1) develop a conceptual model to facilitate collaboration among biostatisticians in a research network; (2) describe collaborative engagement performed by the Network’s Data Coordinating Center (DCC); and (3) discuss potential challenges and opportunities in engaging the collaboration. Methods: Key components of the strategic approach will be developed through a systematic literature review. The Network’s initiatives for the biostatistical collaboration will be described in the areas of infrastructure, expertise and knowledge management and experiential lessons will be discussed. Results: Components of the strategic approach model included three Ps (people, processes and programs) which were integrated into expert management, infrastructure management and knowledge management, respectively. Ongoing initiatives for collaboration with non-DCC biostatisticians included both web-based and face-to-face interaction approaches: Network’s biostatistical capacities and needs assessment, webinar statistical seminars, mobile statistical workshop and clinics, adjunct appointment program, one-on-one consulting, and on-site workshop. The outreach program, as a face-to-face interaction approach, especially resulted in a useful tool for expertise management and needs assessment as well as knowledge exchange. Conclusions: Although fostering a partnered research culture, sustaining senior management commitment and ongoing monitoring are a challenge for this collaborative engagement, the proposed strategies centrally performed by the DCC may be useful in accelerating the pace and enhancing the quality of the scientific outcomes within a multidisciplinary clinical and translational research network. View Full-Text
Keywords: strategic approach; research collaboration; knowledge management; research network; capacity building; RTRN strategic approach; research collaboration; knowledge management; research network; capacity building; RTRN
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Lee, J.E.; Sung, J.H.; Sarpong, D.; Efird, J.T.; Tchounwou, P.B.; Ofili, E.; Norris, K. Knowledge Management for Fostering Biostatistical Collaboration within a Research Network: The RTRN Case Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2533. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112533

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Lee JE, Sung JH, Sarpong D, Efird JT, Tchounwou PB, Ofili E, Norris K. Knowledge Management for Fostering Biostatistical Collaboration within a Research Network: The RTRN Case Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2533. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112533

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Lee, Jae E., Jung H. Sung, Daniel Sarpong, Jimmy T. Efird, Paul B. Tchounwou, Elizabeth Ofili, and Keith Norris. 2018. "Knowledge Management for Fostering Biostatistical Collaboration within a Research Network: The RTRN Case Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 11: 2533. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112533

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