Priorities for Adult Cancer Nursing Research. A West Australian Replication

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

cancer nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Evidence-based nursing practice has become an expected standard in healthcare delivery. Evidence-based practice refers to the process of identifying the best available evidence to inform nursing practice from the perspective of both nurses and patients. A fundamental step in the process of implementing evidence-based practice is to formulate questions from situations arising in nursing practice that can then be studied in an empirical manner.

What was the objective?

to identify possible changes in priorities and account for cultural difference in the healthcare systems

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: participants were asked to provide a list of five important questions, problems or approaches relating to the nursing care and family care of adult patients with cancer that they believed should be studied, 348 problems were submitted. Step 2: data processing: submitted problems were discussed, problems were then assigned to general category, problems were rewritten as research topics, 49 topics were classified into 12 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each research topic along 3 questions: How important is this research topic to patient care? How important is this research topic to family care? How important is this research topic to nursing?

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. 45 participants in Delphi round 1, and 30 participants in Delphi round 2.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital was selected as the most appropriate location to conduct the Delphi survey. All nurses employed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital by the Cancer Clinical Service Unit (CSU), including Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurses (Senior Registered Nurses), Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses (Licensed Practical Nurses) and Casual Pool Staff, were invited to participate in this study.

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.