A Study of Clinical Nursing Research Priorities of Renal Specialist Nurses Caring for Critically Ill People

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

The researchers were motivated to under take a study of clinical nursing research priorities in Australian critical care for a number of reasons. Firstly, the area lacks a substantive know ledge base which has been developed through research endeavour. Identified priorities could be foundational for a number of necessary and relevant research projects in critical care nursing. This could be regarded as a preliminary step in the generation of nursing knowledge for the area. Secondly, it has been suggested that the most prudent approach to building the knowledge base for nursing practice through research is one which is systematic. Thirdly, the authors are of the view that problems to be addressed through clinical nursing research must emerge from the context of practice. If nursing research is to have relevance to the needs of nurses and their patients it is imperative that nurses have the opportunity to influence the determination of clinical nursing research priorities.

What was the objective?

to identify priority areas for clinical nursing research for renal specialist nurses practicing in general critical care

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 9 research questions

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: participants were asked to develop five priority research questions in clinical research which is of highest value to patients, clinical research which is of highest value to CNSs/CNCs, clinical research which would provide improved community care, research which would facilitate health promotion and disease prevention, and research that would be of value for CNSs/CNCs professional needs. 197 items submitted. Step 2: Delphi round 2: survey with all 197 items, participants were asked to respond to each research question indicating whether nursing should take a leadership role in answering the question (yes or no), as well as to rate importance, items with median rating of 6 or higher remained for round 3. Step 3: Delphi round 3: survey with 52 items, participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Renal specialist nurses. 12 participants in all 3 rounds

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

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.