Identifying Research Priorities and Research Needs among Health and Research Professionals in Psycho-Oncology

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

There have been several calls for research to improve the evidence base for psychosocial care, and to explore barriers to its implementation into clinical practice. To be most cost-effective, the psycho-oncology research community needs to mount a coherent and focused effort targeting research priorities.

What was the objective?

to identify and prioritize the key research questions in psycho-oncology in order to guide the development of large multicenter clinically relevant studies

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 17 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: focus groups: participants were asked to identify priority areas for psycho oncology research which would lead to improved psychosocial care. Step 2: data processing: content analysis. Step 3: survey: 8 broad research topics listed, 6 to 10 specific research questions for each topic, participants were asked to rate each area, to rank top 4 areas, and to select the three most important specific research questions within the 4 ranked research areas

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group. Focus groups: 55 psychologists, social workers, nurses and other oncology health professionals from all states and territories in Australia. Survey: 180 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants for this study were researchers and clinicians working in the field of psycho-oncology and current members of PoCoG. PoCoG is one of 13 Collaborative Cancer Research Groups in Australia, and was established in 2005 to develop the capacity to run collaborative, large-scale, multicenter psycho-oncology and supportive care research in Australia and New Zealand. At the time of the study, PoCoG had 295 members. Eligible participants were emailed from the PoCoG office inviting them to complete the survey online.

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.