A Delphi Study on Research Priorities in Radiation Therapy: The Australian Perspective

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

radiation therapy

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Radiation therapists (RTs) need to engage more in research to establish an evidence base for their daily practice. However, RTs world-wide conduct little research themselves, although positive moves have been made in some countries.

What was the objective?

to determine research priorities in Australian radiation therapy

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research areas

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: Delphi round 1: participants were asked what problems they experienced in their work with patients and with colleagues, and what areas they felt needed further research, 374 issues identified. Step 2: Delphi round 2: research areas presented as statements, participants were asked to rate each statement

Which stakeholders took part?

Radiation therapists at Australian departments of radiation oncology. Participants: 18 departments in all 3 rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Each department was asked to answer the questions as a group rather than seeking individual RTs' perspectives.

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.