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Functional Integration of Nursing Research Into a Pediatric Oncology Cooperative Group: Finding Common Ground

Pamela S. Hinds
Christina Baggott
Joetta De Swarte-Wallace
Marylin Dodd
Joan Haase
Marilyn Hockenberry
Casey Hooke
Patsy McGuire Cullen
Ida Moore
Lona Roll
Kathy Ruccione
ONF 2003, 30(6), E121-E126 DOI: 10.1188/03.ONF.E121-E126

Purpose/Objectives: To provide a brief description of the historic role of nursing and nursing research in the culture of previous pediatric oncology cooperative groups and compare the research language used in cooperative groups with the language used in nursing research.

Data Sources: Published empirical, clinical, and methodologic reports.

Data Synthesis: The culture and language of nursing research differ from those of medical research and the pediatric oncology cooperative group, the Children's Oncology Group (COG). Different approaches exist to integrate nursing research priorities into the priorities of COG, including freestanding protocols, companion protocols, and research objectives included in therapeutic protocols.

Conclusions: Full integration of nursing research into COG is feasible but dependent on recognition of cultural and language differences among researchers. Integration will be demonstrated by the number of concepts and protocols contributed to or developed by active nurses in COG.

Implications for Nursing: Significant advances exist for nurses conducting research in COG. These research efforts are facilitated by a familiarity with the science language used by other disciplines in COG and an understanding of COG's research processes. Increased interdisciplinary scientific collaborations involving nurses in COG particularly benefit pediatric patients with cancer.

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