Physiotherapy Research Priorities in Switzerland: Views of the Various Stakeholders

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Switzerland

Why was it conducted at all?

Research priorities, defined by multiple stakeholders, can proximally facilitate the coordination of research projects and national and international cooperation and distally further improve the quality of physiotherapy practice.

What was the objective?

to establish physiotherapy research priorities in Switzerland considering multiple stakeholders' opinions

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

Delphi; focus group; interview

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: 18 focus groups and 23 semi-structured interviews/written commentaries. Step 2: 2-round Delphi: Delphi round 1: participants were asked to rate each area. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Physiotherapy researchers, practitioners and educators, representatives of patient organizations, public health organizations, health insurers, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and other health professionals, physical educators. Focus groups: 111 participants. Interviews: 23 participants. Delphi round 1: 420 participants. Delphi round 2: 293 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via a systematic collection of addresses, announcements in journals and newsletters, activation of personal connections and snowball sampling.

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.