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International collaboration to address common problems in health care: processes, practicalities and power


Malcolm Rolfe, 23 Wold Carr Road, Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 6TP, UK
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This article reports on an international collaborative study into the management of chronic leg ulcers by nurses working in the community in Kronoberg, Sweden and the East Riding and Hull, UK. The management of leg ulcers like many other services provided by nurses working in the community is one that is growing out of community need, often without matching resources. This article reports on some of the processes that were involved and some of the practical considerations that were faced and addressed in formulating and conducting an international collaborative study. The article also explores the ‘power’ international collaboration brings to the research enterprise.