Training for interdisciplinary health research defining the required competencies

Kristine M. Gebbie, Benjamin Mason Meier, Suzanne Bakken, Olveen Carrasquillo, Allan Formicola, Sally W. Aboelela, Sherry Glied, Elaine Larson

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Although interdisciplinary research is becoming the dominant model for understanding complex health issues, little is known about the competencies required for successful interdisciplinary collaboration. Published research has discussed attitudes about interdisciplinary work and organizational resources but not the needed competencies. This report describes the method and results of the competency specification process for health research. Based on an established definition of interdisciplinary research, a preliminary set of competencies was developed from expert opinion of key informants and a review of the interdisciplinary research literature. A Delphi panel of interdisciplinary researchers then reached consensus on 17 competencies necessary for interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Gebbie, K. M., Meier, B. M., Bakken, S., Carrasquillo, O., Formicola, A., Aboelela, S. W., Glied, S., & Larson, E. (2008). Training for interdisciplinary health research defining the required competencies. Journal of Allied Health, 37(2), 65-70.