A Delphi Survey of Clinical Nursing Research Priorities

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Until very recently there was little real competition for nursing research funds held by central government. Research productivity was limited more by the talent available than any financial constraints. This situation is changing and the likely pool of research workers chasing scarce resources for health and social services research will mean that competition for research funds will become more intense.

What was the objective?

to establish the clinical nursing research priorities of nurses in the northern Region of England

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 7 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: survey asking participants to list not more than five questions or problems regarding clinical nursing which arise because insufficient knowledge or information has been developed or because there are uncertainties about the value or outcome of a particular nursing practice, 869 submissions along 7 categories. Step 2: data processing: data cleaning: only items suggested by more than 1 respondent remained. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey containing 102 research topics asking participants to state for each topic whether nursing should take research leadership and to rate value of the topic to nurses and to patients. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate topics thereby considering group responses and personal responses from round 2

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. 214 participants in Delphi round 1, 178 participants in Delphi round 2 and 169 participants in Delphi round 3.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A panel of nurse experts were recruited to the study. A panel of nurses broadly representative of the nine areas, different specialties and grade of nurse in the Northern Region was selected. Respondents from all grades of qualified nurse from staff nurse to area nursing officer were recruited. The aim was to obtain the names of 20 nurses in each of the 16 specialty and grade groups, providing a total of 320. A total of 271 names were forwarded by the area nursing officers.

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.