Understanding interdisciplinary health sciences collaborations: a campus-wide survey of obesity experts. Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Obesity
  • Patient Care Team
  • Professional Competence
  • Universities


  • This paper reports a campus-wide survey of obesity experts that allowed us to understand organizational factors and collaboration patterns affiliated with health sciences research. By combining Google and PubMed searches and the snowball sampling method, we identified and then surveyed 113 obesity experts on their collaborators, research interests, and affiliations with academic departments and research centers. The response rate was 61%. We describe the diversity in organizational affiliations, research interests, journals for disseminating results, and collaboration patterns among the respondents. We also analyze the challenges and research opportunities related to identifying experts and forging interdisciplinary health sciences collaborations. We conclude with possible success factors for sustained interdisciplinary collaborations.

publication date

  • December 2008



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC2656079

PubMed ID

  • 18999235

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 798

end page

  • 802