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Developing research and recruitment while fostering stakeholder engagement in a National Institutes of Mental Health-funded Interventions and Practice Research Infrastructure Programs grant for depression.

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Women's Health Schiences Division and VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA.
Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action 12/2010; 4(4):299-303. DOI: 10.1353/cpr.2010.0020
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ABSTRACT

In the context of a National Institutes of Mental Health-funded Interventions and Practice Research Infrastructure Programs (IP-RISP) grant for the treatment of depression, a partnership was developed between a community mental health organization and a team of researchers.
This paper describes the collaborative process, key challenges, and strategies employed to meet the goals of the first phase of the grant, which included development of a working and sustainable partnership and building capacity for recruitment and research.
This paper was developed through the use of qualitative interviews and discussion with a variety of IP-RISP partners.
Communication with multiple stakeholders through varied channels, feedback from stakeholders on research procedures, and employing a research liaison at the clinic have been key strategies in the first phase of the grant.
The strategies we employed allowed multiple stakeholders to contribute to the larger mission of the IP-RISP and helped to establish an ongoing research program within the mental health organization.

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