A Delphi Study on the Research Priorities of European Oncology Nurses

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

oncology nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

The importance of establishing priorities for cancer nursing research has been repeatedly acknowledged.

What was the objective?

to capture research priorities of European cancer nurses to document issues perceived as important to European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) members and to set priorities to underpin an evolving research strategy

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 21 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

1 year

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to list five important questions or problems relating to oncology nursing practice which they considered should be researched, 584 research questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: placing all submissions into categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: compiling list of research categories and randomly selected example research questions to help illustrate each of the categories, participants were asked to select their top five research categories

Which stakeholders took part?

European cancer nurses. Delphi round 1: 223 participants. Delphi round 2: 117 participants

How were stakeholders recruited?

Initially, European cancer nurses attending the Second European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) Spring Convention (Prague, April 2000) were approached. The sample was subsequently widened, to include a greater range of European representation, by approaching cancer nursing societies in the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, France, Denmark, and Spain to help with the distribution of the phase 1 questionnaire.

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.