Establishing Pediatric Cancer Nursing Research Priorities: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

pediatric cancer nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Clinical research programs receive stronger support from staff nurses when the nurses view the research topics as relevant to patient care. Consequently, there is a need to develop programs of nursing research in care settings that contribute to the evolution of aggregates of same-topic studies and that are sensitive to the research ideas identified by nurses who provide patient care.

What was the objective?

to have pediatric oncology nurses identify and rate topic priorities for clinical nursing research

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: participants were asked to identify three patient care problems or issues in pediatric oncology nursing that needed to be studied by nurses, more than 310 priorities identified: more than 160 priorities identified by cancer-center sample and more than 150 priorities identified by the APON sample. Step 2: data processing: reviewing, classifying, condensing submissions, resulting in 68 priorities for the cancer center sample and 58 for the APON sample. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each priority. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on mean group ratings of round 2

Which stakeholders took part?

Registered nurses who specialize in pediatric oncology nursing and who provide direct care to pediatric oncology patients at least 20 hours each week at the time of the study and had been doing so for a minimum of 6 consecutive months. 75 participants in all 3 rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

44 nurses from a comprehensive pediatric cancer center were recruited. The comparison sample consisted of 43 nurses who attended the 12th Annual APON Conference. The majority in both samples was from inpatient setting and worked day shift.

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.