Clinical Nursing Research Priorities in Australian Critical Care: A Pilot Study

Daly et al. (1996) full text summary PDF

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?

Many specialist areas of nursing practice lack a substantive knowledge base which has been developed through research endeavour. Critical care nursing is no exception to this, yet it is a field which is regarded as highly scientific and complex (Romamm & Daly 1994). Development of an appropriate and necessary knowledge base is perhaps best achieved through rational planning in order to ensure that progress is not haphazard (Corner 1991). This process can be facilitated by identification of research priorities which can assist in planning clinical research which is perceived to be salient with regard to extant nursing practice.

What was the objective?

to identify areas for research in Australian critical care nursing with potential for improvement in patient care, and to advise nursing research policy and priorities with relevance to areas of patients' needs

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 to the professional needs of CNSs and CNCs. Step 2: Delphi round 2: consisting of all 238 items of round 1, participants were asked to indicate if nursing should take a leadership role and to rate importance. Step 3: Delphi round 3: consisting of 83 items (median rating of 6 or higher in round 2), participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Clinical nurse specialists and clinical nurse consultants currently providing patient care in the acute care setting. 29 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.