Home Health Care Nursing Research Priorities

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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?

As health care continues to move into the home setting, the need for research about home health care increases. The need for nursing research exceeds the number of nurse researchers working in the area. Collaborating with nurses in home health care agencies is one way to expand the research capacity for research in home health care.

What was the objective?

to determine research priorities for home health care nursing, to identify and rank research topics of interest to home health care nurses

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 4 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

2000 - early 2001

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey asking about the research topics of interest to home health care nurses, 55 research topics submitted. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis, resulting in list of 15 topics. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants asked to rank topics. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to rate topics considering group mean rankings of round 2

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the home health nurses association research committee, nurse researchers. 44 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

HHNA members subscribing to the HHNA listserv. Snowball sampling was used in Round 2 - in addition to those individuals who participated in the study from the listserv, nurse researchers who had conducted research in home health care nursing were invited to participate based on suggestions from the respondents for Round 1.

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.