Supporting the vital role of boundary-spanning physician researchers in the advancement of medical innovation

Hopkins, Michael M, Ibanez, Fabien and Skingle, Malcolm (2021) Supporting the vital role of boundary-spanning physician researchers in the advancement of medical innovation. Future Healthcare Journal, 8 (2). e210-e217. ISSN 2514-6645

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Abstract

A wide range of stakeholders recognise that physicians play a vital role in medical innovation and, in particular, the importance of boundary-spanning engagement between physicians and industry in clinical research. While UK physicians are keen to take part in research, this article draws on a range of literature to identify apparent and anticipated challenges that discourage or prevent cross-sector engagement by physician researchers. To encourage greater interaction and exploration of associated support mechanisms, we present a full spectrum of engagement modes, funding opportunities and illustrative initiatives, showing how different stakeholders (from government institutions, charities, professional bodies and industry) can contribute to improving the engagement of physicians in boundary spanning research. We emphasise the importance of mutual understanding, trust and commonly shared practices, as well as adequate resources, to encourage these vital interactions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: boundary-spanning, medical innovation, physician researcher, research collaboration
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2022 10:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/107685

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