C4 SYMPOSIUM-Â Relational Research in Vulnerable Populations
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C4: SYMPOSIUM‐ Relational Research in Vulnerable Populations Relational Research: Shifting the Research Paradigm in Nursing Margaret Barton Burke, RN, PhD, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to propose a new perspective on the conduct of research that focuses on and addresses the work to date on a concept called Relational Research. This presentation describes relational research, research that requires relationship‐building, from the perspective of nurse researchers who are conducting this type of research. We will illustrate our conceptual model. Background: Clinical nursing research involving human beings is a difficult and complex endeavor. When these human beings are either underserved or marginalized, such as minority groups, the incarcerated, the elderly or consumers diagnosed with mental illness, clinical research becomes even more challenging. Approach: Our research suggests that research requires an underpinning of an enduring element of interpersonal relationship in order to develop trust, similarity, and competence with research participants. From our perspective a central component of relational research is this notion of relational competence in connecting with self and others. Major Points & Rationale: Among the most important is the shift from prescriptive ways of dealing with human persons and replacing that paradigm with negotiated and caring encounters. The standard forms of research are not working with underserved or marginalized human beings, thus new and innovative ways should be considered that produce the evidence that is necessary for promoting health and wellness. Conclusions: Our research programs shift the paradigm. Our work includes building relationships that are developed with dignity, empathy, empowerment, and trust.