Identifying Nursing Research Priorities: A First Step in Program Development

Dennis et al. (1989) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

To date, however, the work on the identification of nursing research priorities has been national in scope. no studies have examined priorities or used the Delphi technique within a single institution as one step in the process of developing an active nursing research program.

What was the objective?

to determine the priorities for nursing research within a single institution, to facilitate the development of future research, to focus the development of an institutional nursing research program, to identify nurses' interest and experience in research and to increase awareness of nursing research by involving staff in a nursing research project

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 16 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: nurses were asked to list up to five practice concerns and research priorities they thought were of significance to nursing, 285 items submitted. Step 2: data processing: submissions condensed to 81 topics. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey with 81 items: participants were asked to rate each topic along 2 questions

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. Delphi round 1: 286 participants. Delphi round 2: 137 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via a private, nonprofit, community teaching hospital with 315 acute and 223 long-term beds.

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.