Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Priorities in Eastern and Southern African Countries. Results from a Delphi Survey

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing and midwifery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?


Why was it conducted at all?

Because of the profound shortage of nurse and midwifery researchers in many African countries, identification of clinical nursing and midwifery research is of highest priority for the region to improve health outcomes.

What was the objective?

to gain consensus from experts on the priorities of clinical nursing and midwifery research in southern and eastern African countries

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 11 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

January 2015 - March 2015

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey asking: Based on your experience and knowledge of population healthcare needs, what do you think are the top clinical nursing or midwifery research priorities for African countries that will improve population health outcomes? Please list three to five. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis, resulting in 19 broad topics with 34 subcategories. Step 3: participants were asked to rate broad topics and then sub-categories based on skip logic: participants only rated subgroups of those topics they selected as critical

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses, midwives, researchers. Delphi round 1: 46 participants. Delphi round 2: 40 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Using contactswith regional nursing colleagues and leaders, snowball sampling, and screening questions embedded in the first round of the Delphi survey, the project team compiled a list of potential research experts who met their inclusion criteria.

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.