Establishing Nursing Research Priorities on a Paediatric Haematology, Oncology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Unit: Involving Doctors and Parents

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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?

Following a Delphi survey undertaken with nurses on a specialist children's unit to identify priorities for nursing research, this paper outlines the results of a survey to ascertain the views of doctors and parents regarding the results of the Delphi.

What was the objective?

to identify whether the views of the two largest groups of professionals involved in the care of patients within the unit, and those of parents who used the services were similar regarding priorities for nursing research

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: survey: nurses identified list of priorities, doctors and parents were then asked to consider these priorities and rate them according to their perceived priority

Which stakeholders took part?

Doctors, parents. 26 participants: 16 doctors and 10 parents.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A convenience sample of all grades of doctors, senior and junior doctors representing all specialities within the directorate were approached. For the parents, the inclusion criteria were parents of children receiving treatment on inpatient and outpatient areas and children who were stable and well at the time of the survey. As their workload allowed each of the researchers approached three to four families over a pre-determined period of 4 weeks. The sample was therefore convenient and included mainly parents of children who were receiving treatment for haematological or oncological conditions. Ten parents were approached and agreed to participate in the study, no parents approached refused to participate.

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.