Developing a Research Agenda for Nursing and Midwifery: A Modified Delphi Study

Monterosso et al. (2015) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

nursing and midwifery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

High-quality, empirically based. and clinically relevant research is considered to provide the best evidence and can determine the most clinical and cost-effective approaches to nursing care.

What was the objective?

to ascertain the nursing and midwifery research priorities at a large private tertiary hospital in Australia

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 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: survey asking: Please list up to five important questions or problems related to the nursing care and family care of patients you believe should be researched. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate importance of each topic

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses and midwives. Delphi round 1: 86 participants. Delphi round 2: 10 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

448 potential expert panel members were identified from eight areas: hospice, medical and surgical wards, midwifery, day procedure unit, emergency, intensive care, specialist nursing services (e.g. stoma and breast care) and operating theatres and recovery.

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.