A Delphi Study to Determine Nursing Research Priorities in the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Corresponding Evidence Base

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

The need to expand and develop the research base in nursing, and to improve dissemination and implementation of existing research findings among practising nurses, has reached a new intensity, as nursing seeks to establish its place in the research based culture to which the new NHS aspires.

What was the objective?

to identify and prioritize research questions of importance to nurses in north Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust and to investigate and describe the existing evidence base for the highest priority questions identified

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 5 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: nurses were asked to provide five research questions of importance, 1277 questions submitted, categorized into 48 categories, top 20 categories selected. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate the top 20 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on group mean ratings, also asked to provide one research question for the category they considered to be of highest priority. Step 4: check against evidence: research questions amalgamated and re-phrased, each question searched in literature

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. Delphi round 1: 421 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Nurses of any grade working within the North Glasgow Trust were recruited.

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.