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Clin Transl Sci. 2014 Dec;7(6):441-6. doi: 10.1111/cts.12196. Epub 2014 Jul 25.

Characterization of investigators' approach to translational research: a qualitative study.

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Institute for Clinical Research Education, Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about how investigators approach their research programs along the translational research continuum. Many consider the translational continuum to be linear, with research beginning at the bench and concluding with research at the bedside or in the community. We aimed to understand if translational investigators approach and view their research in this fashion.

METHODS:

We conducted semistructured individual interviews with 16 graduates of the University of Pittsburgh's Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program (KL2) in 2012.

RESULTS:

Our research revealed three characteristic models. The first model we called "linear" and represented the traditional approach. The second we called "holistic"; these investigators began with central research questions and sought to explore them in every direction of translation, not necessarily taking linear steps. The third model we called "technical"; in this model, investigators focused on a unique technology or methodology and applied it across multiple research contexts.

CONCLUSION:

This study found that there are multiple ways that translational investigators approach their research program. Better understanding of these models can help educators and mentors guide investigators so that they can be more productive in their clinical or translational research career.

KEYWORDS:

CTSA; KL2 Scholars Program; bench to bedside; translational continuum; translational research models

PMID:
25066780
PMCID:
PMC4268360
DOI:
10.1111/cts.12196
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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