Consortium Building for Nurse Scientists Interested in Symptoms Research in the Era of Precision Health

Chao Pin Hsiao, Kristin Dickinson, Velda Gonzalez-Mercado, Debra Lynch Kelly, Nada Lukkahatai, Margaret McCabe, Samantha Mayo, Rita Musanti, Leorey N. Saligan

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Purpose: This article aims to provide perspectives on the establishment of a consortium for nurse scientists with similar career trajectories interested in cancer-related symptoms (CRS) research. Hereby, we describe the development of and recent outcomes from the CRS consortium, the lessons learned in establishing the consortium, and future directions to advance the science of CRS. Model and Methods: New and innovative strategies are needed to address the complexity of CRS research. A CRS consortium was created to allow a mechanism for oncology nurse scientists with varying expertise to collaborate to advance CRS research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Symptom Science Model (SSM) guides the research of the CRS Consortium. Discussion and Conclusions: A need for improved CRS assessment and management has been identified. The CRS consortium was created as a collaborative think tank to begin to address this need. Guided by the NIH SSM, CRS consortium members have worked to define symptom phenotypes, enhance understanding of the biologic mechanisms that can contribute to symptom phenotypes, and develop tailored interventions to improve symptom management. Dissemination of the CRS consortium efforts involve publications and presentations. Clinical Implications: Nurse scientists interested in symptom science and biobehavorial research face many challenges on how to initiate and sustain independent programs of research. Through the formation of a CRS consortium, oncology nurse scientists can work together to address identified issues in symptom measurement and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • consortium
  • symptom science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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