A Delphi Study on Research Priorities for Emergency Nurses in Western Australia

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

emergency nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Emergency nursing research is in its infancy in Australia. Few research studies have addressed emergency nursing; hence, there is a limited em Emergency nursing research is in its infancy in Australia. Few research studies have addressed emergency nursing; hence, there is a limited empirical basis upon which to inform this specialty practice. One of the first steps in building a research base for a nursing specialty is to identify research priorities relevant to practice.

What was the objective?

to identify research topics that were priority clinical issues to emergency nurses in Western Australia

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 25 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

Delphi

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: round 1: participants were asked to provide a list of 5 important questions or problems associated with emergency nursing that they believed should be studied, 218 research topics suggested. Step 2: data processing: content analysis: responses synthesized into 25 researchable topics, topics rewritten as research questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to consider: How important is this research topic to individual patient care? How important is this research topic to you as an individual? How important is this research topic to emergency nursing?, participants were asked to rank each research question

Which stakeholders took part?

Emergency nurses. Delphi round 1: 58 participants. Delphi round 2: 46 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via their membership in ENAWA (115 members).

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.