Home Health Care. Delineation of Research Priorities and Formation of a National Network Group

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

home health care nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Home care is preferred by the American public over nursing homes for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, or restoring health. This increased emphasis on home care warrants scientific investigation to build nursing knowledge.

What was the objective?

to determine priority research questions in home health care nursing

What was the outcome?

a list of 10 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

1986 - 1989

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: generation of research questions: six brainstorming meetings by research team to generate research priorities. Step 2: survey: 40 research questions grouped into 4 main areas, participants were asked to rate each question

Which stakeholders took part?

Home care nurses from 68 Veterans Administration hospital-based home care departments, home health care nurses who attended a national home health care symposium in 1987, and nurses who attended a state health/home health meeting in 1987. Overall, 234 nurses participated.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Nurses were recruited via home care departments, a symposium and a meeting.

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.