Posted on January 14, 2008
Jeannette R. Ickovics (bio) explains the difficulty of reconciling the immediacy of community needs with the time-intensive nature of the research process.
As we move out into the community, it does get more complex but also more interesting, more rich, and more real. We need to add additional language. We need to put our money where our mouth is. We need to over time be thinking about the distribution of resources. We need to be thinking about principles of engagement where everybody’s expertise is brought to the table and where people are valued for their experience, their skills, and so forth.
In community settings where people are dealing with often real-world challenges and sometimes crises, research is such a long process, and it’s not always seen as the most important approach. And so we need to work with community colleagues to talk about the importance of research for informing clinical practice, creating evidence-based programs, thinking about promoting health policies that are really based on what we know works. So it’s a bidirectional relationship where we’re each bringing something to bear to the questions asked and to the way that the data are used.
Excerpted from interview with researcher in September 2007.
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