Cancer Nursing Research Priorities. A Norwegian Perspective

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

cancer nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Norway

Why was it conducted at all?

The number of patients with cancer is increasing, and new treatments and changing regi mens in cancer care are leading to many changes in the daily care of the patients. An increasing number of the patients will live for many years with the cancer diagnosis, and nurses will encounter the patients in different settings and in various stages and phases of the disease and treatment. Therefore, cancer nurses must face many new and varying challenges. The findings of a study such that reported in this article provide both a basis for identifying trends in nursing practice and guidance regarding needed research in the areas of special interest to nurses working in this particular field. This is essential both to ensure that the research done is of clinical value and to make the nurses more aware of research usefulness.

What was the objective?

to determine research priorities among Norwegian nurses in cancer care, and to investigate implications that these priorities might have for future planning of nursing research

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 20 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: survey: list of 80 different research topics relevant to cancer nursing, participants were asked to indicate extent to which each item posed a problem to them in clinical practice and how much nursing research attention it should receive, participants also asked to identify additional areas, and participants were asked to select and rank top five topics from the list of 80 topics they perceived as most important

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses as member of the Norwegian Society of Nurses in cancer care. 197 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The sample was a selection of NSNCC members. A questionnaire was sent to every second person on the mailing list. Members' organizations were excluded, and only nurses were included in the study.

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.