Conducting a multicentre and multinational qualitative study on patient transitions

Julie K Johnson, Paul Barach, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, HANDOVER Research Collaborative

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BACKGROUND: A multicentre, multinational research study requires careful planning and coordination to accomplish the aims of the study and to ensure systematic and rigorous examination of all project methods and data collected.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to describe the approach we used during the HANDOVER Project to develop a multicentre, multinational research project for studying transitions of patient care while creating a community of practice for the researchers.

METHOD: We highlight the process used to assure the quality of a multicentre qualitative study and to create a codebook for data analysis as examples of attending to the community of practice while conducting rigorous qualitative research.

FINDINGS: Essential elements for the success of this multinational, multilanguage research project included recruiting a strong research team, explicit planning for decision-making processes to be used throughout the project, acknowledging the differences among the study settings and planning the protocols to capitalise upon those differences.

CONCLUSIONS: Although not commonly discussed in reports of large research projects, there is an underlying, concurrent stream of activities to develop a cohesive team that trusts and respects one another's skills and that engage independent researchers in a group process that contributes to achieving study goals. We discuss other lessons learned and offer recommendations for other teams planning multicentre research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)i22-8
JournalBMJ Quality & Safety
Volume21 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Institutional Management Teams
  • International Cooperation
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Patient Handoff
  • Personnel Selection
  • Pilot Projects
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Research Personnel
  • Statistics as Topic


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