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Personas for the translational workforce

  • Sara Gonzales (a1), Lisa O’Keefe (a1), Karen Gutzman (a1), Guillaume Viger (a1), Annie B. Wescott (a1), Bailey Farrow (a2), Allison P. Heath (a2), Meen Chul Kim (a2), Deanne Taylor (a3) (a4), Robin Champieux (a5), Po-Yin Yen (a6) (a7) and Kristi Holmes (a1) (a8)...

Abstract

Twelve evidence-based profiles of roles across the translational workforce and two patients were made available through clinical and translational science (CTS) Personas, a project of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). The persona profiles were designed and researched to demonstrate the key responsibilities, motivators, goals, software use, pain points, and professional development needs of those working across the spectrum of translation, from basic science to clinical research to public health. The project’s goal was to provide reliable documents that could be used to inform CTSA software development projects, educational resources, and communication initiatives. This paper presents the initiative to create personas for the translational workforce, including the methodology, engagement strategy, and lessons learned. Challenges faced and successes achieved by the project may serve as a roadmap for others searching for best practices in the creation of Persona profiles.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Address for correspondence: S. Gonzales, MLIS, MS, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 303 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611, USA, Phone: +1 312-503-1209, Email: sara.gonzales2@northwestern.edu

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Personas for the translational workforce

  • Sara Gonzales (a1), Lisa O’Keefe (a1), Karen Gutzman (a1), Guillaume Viger (a1), Annie B. Wescott (a1), Bailey Farrow (a2), Allison P. Heath (a2), Meen Chul Kim (a2), Deanne Taylor (a3) (a4), Robin Champieux (a5), Po-Yin Yen (a6) (a7) and Kristi Holmes (a1) (a8)...

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