Identification of Priorities for Nursing Research in Spain: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Spain

Why was it conducted at all?

The European Committee of Health, through the Council of Ministers of Europe, recommended to the member states in 1996 the implementation of a national strategy to develop nursing research. This strategy should, among other activities, establish the priorities for nursing research. Based on this recommendation, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III promoted a state-wide study to identify the most important health problems amenable to research by nursing professionals.

What was the objective?

to identify and prioritize health problems of social and scientific relevance that are suitable for investigation

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 15 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

April 1998 - January 1999

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey based on priorities identified at meeting in Mahón, participants were asked to rate each of the 20 topics, additionally open-ended question to note any other research questions. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rank each of the 20 priorities

Which stakeholders took part?

Academics/researchers, nursing directors, directors of nursing schools, nurses. Delphi round 1: 452 participants. Delphi round 2: 258 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Panel members were selected on the basis of their knowledge of the subject area and their willingness to be involved in research.

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.