Identifying Mental Health Nursing Research Priorities: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental health nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Engaging in research and using evidence based practice are essential for mental health nurses to provide quality nursing care to consumers and families.

What was the objective?

to obtain expert consensus on the top 10 nursing research priorities for mental health nurses working at South Metropolitan Health Service

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research questions

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: mental health nurses were asked to identify the 5 most important mental health questions or issues that they believed should be the focus of research, 390 responses. Step 2: data processing: resulting in 56 broader research questions in 5 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each of the 56 research questions in relation to how important they were to mental health nurses, mean ratings were then calculated to identify the top 10. Step 4: Delphi round 3: list of the 10 most important research priorities identified from round 2, participants were asked to rank the 10 questions in order of importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Mental health nurses. Delphi round 1: 95 participants. Delphi round 2: 127 participants. Delphi round 3: 35 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The study participants were recruited from one of the three public area health services in Western Australia.

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.