Cross-disciplinary research in nursing: Competency and practice

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Cross-disciplinarity is a current trend in healthcare. With the advancement of science and technology, the expansion of care fields, and the complexity of health problems, cross-disciplinary research has been increasingly emphasized in nursing studies in order to introduce technology into patient care, expand the scope of healthcare research, and improve quality of care. The term cross-disciplinary research typically covers multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary studies. Each of these types of studies differ in terms of connotation, level of research problem addressed, and degree of interaction involved. The main purpose of this article is to describe the significance of cross-disciplinary research in nursing and to distinguish the types and nature of cross-disciplinary studies. Furthermore, reflections and recommendations on cross-disciplinary nursing research are also proposed. The development of crossdisciplinary nursing research is phased in nature and requires the creation of a cross-disciplinary research center and excellent leadership. Conducting cross-disciplinary nursing research is challenging and affected by uncertainty. Researchers may select the type of cross-disciplinary research that best addresses the complexity and commonality of the research problem being addressed. In addition, researchers may expand, communicate, and interact with other disciplines to improve their interdisciplinary research capabilities and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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