Establishing Nursing Research Priorities on a Paediatric Haematology, Oncology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Unit: A Delphi Survey

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

For research to be successfully integrated and applied to practice, ownership and identification must come from those who are most likely to implement research into practice.

What was the objective?

to identify and rank the research priorities for clinical nursing research in a pediatric haematology, oncology, immunology and infectious diseases unit

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 21 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: participants were asked to identify three areas related to patient care that they felt should be subjects for nursing research within the unit, 151 priorities identified and grouped. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate priorities in each category. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on group mean ratings. Step 4: Delphi round 4: participants were asked to rank top 25% statements from each category

Which stakeholders took part?

Clinical nurses working within the specialities of palliative care, haematology, oncology, immunology, hepatitis c, haemophillia, bone marrow transplant, HIV and intravenous therapy and senior nurses working within management. Delphi round 1: 51 participants. Delphi round 2: 40 participants. Delphi round 3: 60 participants. Delphi round 4: 41 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All nurses working in the clinical areas were invited to participate (n=101).

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.