Communicating Intentions and Perspectives

Conveying research, especially across disciplines, can appear daunting for both the researcher and the audience that you are communicating your work. A broad audience could comprise specialized professionals in different fields or colleagues and students. All such people view research, its intentions, and its approaches uniquely. Having clear and concise goals with minimal jargon can allow you to strengthen your claims while communicating. For interdisciplinary research, such as LAIPDEP, professionals in education, anthropology, the health sciences, and qualitative research become briefed on how this project will impact their field. For such specialists, tailoring explanations of my research concerning their discipline and experiences evokes empathy, excitement, and a shared passion for learning and understanding. For people who lack specialization and professional background, starting with a broad and accomodating focus and then focusing on the multitude of social, political, and economic issues encourages such frameworks of solution-based inquiry.

However, in my case, I also need to communicate my research with the target audience and the professionals involved in solving chronic pain in Latin American indigenous communities. Conveying the basis of my research with indigenous groups in Latin America upholds the value of their culture within the structure of LAIPDEP. For example, the pain scale, pain journal, and educational modules all value and acknowledge indigenous culture in the pain management process. On the field administering LAIPDEP will be a variety of healthcare professionals, researchers, and anthropologists. Not only will I have to explain the significance and framework of my research, but I will also have to express patient perspectives of pain to encourage effective healthcare decision-making. Communication with multiple stakeholders involved in the creation, execution, and success of LAIPDEP as a community and solution-based research measure is necessary.

As for my current professional goals, I want to practice medicine; however, I also plan to engage in interdisciplinary research, community problem-solving, and creative expressions for chronic pain-related issues. Interacting with community partners, NGO members, healthcare professionals, and the Greater Pittsburgh community encourages my growth and development in communication skills. The Brackenridge Fellowship has allowed me to interact with scholars, mentors, and faculty in the Pittsburgh community and the Honors College to give me the skill set to succeed in my future endeavors.

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