Identifying Nursing Research Priorities in a Pediatric Clinical Trials Cooperative Group: The Pediatric Oncology Group Experience

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

pediatric oncology nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

If nurses involved in pediatric oncology clinical trials are to use resources and manpower most effectively, nursing research priorities must be set that meet the nursing care issues of nurses at the bedside.

What was the objective?

to identify the pressing research priorities for pediatric oncology nursing

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 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: participants were asked: Please list one or two patient care concerns or other issues in pediatric oncology nursing that you feel need to be studied by POG., 87 research ideas submitted. Step 2: data processing: review of submission, similar ideas grouped together, 57 unique research topics grouped by content into 6 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each of the 57 topics

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses from the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG). 35 participants in all rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants who were eligible for this study were POG nurses listed with the POG Operations Office in the Fall of 1997. Each eligible nurse was contacted through a mailed packet that contained a letter describing the study purpose and methods, a separate demographic questionnaire, and a response sheet containing the Round 1 question.

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.