The Meaning of collaboration, from the perspective of iranian nurses: A qualitative study
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Background. Interdisciplinary collaboration among nurses is a complex and multifaceted process, an essential element in nursing, which is crucial to maintain an efficient, safe, and viable medical setting. The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of concept of collaboration through conducting a qualitative research approach. Method.The present study is qualitatively conducted in a content analysis approach.The data collection process included 18 unstructured and in-depth interviews with nurses during 2012-2013 in educational medical centers of west and northwest of Iran. A purposive sampling method was used. All the interviews were recorded, transcribed, and finally analyzed using a qualitative content analysis with a conventionalmethod. Result. Categories obtained from analysis of the data to explain the meaning of collaboration consist of (i) prerequisites of collaboration, (ii) actualization of collaboration, and (iii) achievement of a common goal. Conclusion.The results of the present study ended in the discovery ofmeaning of collaboration that confirmresults of other related studies, hence clarifying and disambiguating the concept under study.These results also contribute to the development of collaboration theories and the relevant measurement tools. 2014 V. Zamanzadeh et al.