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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 785942, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/785942
Research Article

The Meaning of Collaboration, from the Perspective of Iranian Nurses: A Qualitative Study

1Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery School, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 5138947977, Iran
2Social Determinants of Health Research Centre, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan 8174673461, Iran
3Department of Pediatrics, Nursing and Midwifery School, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 5138947977, Iran
4Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery School, Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 5138947977, Iran

Received 22 July 2014; Revised 18 October 2014; Accepted 30 November 2014; Published 17 December 2014

Academic Editor: Ann M. Mitchell

Copyright © 2014 V. Zamanzadeh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

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 conventional method. 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 of meaning of collaboration that confirm results 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.