Delphi Survey of Nursing Research Priorities

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

oncology nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

the development of a clinical nursing research program requires coordinated studies to build the scientific knowledge base for nursing practice. The director of applied nursing research, with the Nursing Research Council, established the need to assess the research priorities in oncology nursing to provide a basis for clinical practice, education, and research and to demonstrate support of the institution's mission.

What was the objective?

to identify oncology nurses' priorities for topics and issues to be addressed by developing a clinical nursing research program at a large comprehensive cancer center

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 120 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: nurses were asked: Identify patient care problems or issues in oncology nursing that need to be studied by nurses at [this institution]. Step 2: data processing: content analysis: resulting in list of 120 items. Step 3: Delphi round 2: nurses were asked to rate the importance of the 120 items

Which stakeholders took part?

All registered nurses employed at a cancer center. Delphi round 1: 642 participants. Delphi round 2: 567 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The nurse manager of each nursing unit and each clinic area identified a nurse to serve as a data collection coordinator, who became known as a DCC. Each DCC received a packet containing a brief explanation of the Delphi survey and its purpose, flyers to post at nurses' stations and in nurses' lounges, Delphi surveys with attached prize coupons for each nurse employed in that area, data collection instructions, the research assistant's contact information, and a box of candy bars. The DCCs distributed the surveys to the nurses in their area. Upon completion of the survey, nurses filled out the attached coupon, removed it from their survey to ensure anonymity, and returned the survey and the coupon to their DCC.

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.