Prioritising Target Behaviours for Research in Diabetes: Using the Nominal Group Technique to Achieve Consensus from Key Stakeholders

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Ireland

Why was it conducted at all?

The behaviour of people with diabetes (e.g. taking medication) and the behaviour of doctors and other healthcare professionals (e.g. checking patients' blood sugar) are important. Our research group wanted to select one patient behaviour and one healthcare professional behaviour as topics to research in Ireland. Patients and healthcare professionals are not usually asked to help decide on research topics. In this study, we wanted to bring together patients, healthcare professionals and policy makers to help us decide on the most important target behaviours for research in diabetes in Ireland.

What was the objective?

to develop a prioritized list of the most highly ranked target behaviors relevant to people with diabetes and healthcare professionals

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 6 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

meeting; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: participants were asked to generate three health professional behaviors and three patient behaviors in each of the key diabetes areas. Step 2: meeting: participants were provided with pre-generated lists of target behaviors and engaged in small group discussions to identify any additional behaviors, participants then privately ranked their top six health professional and top six patient behaviors, results were then presented back to group, followed by group discussion on results, participants again asked to privately re-rank top six health professional and top six patient behaviors. Step 3: after meeting the summary of findings was sent to all participants

Which stakeholders took part?

People with diabetes, diabetes healthcare professionals and policymakers. 24 participants: 10 hospital and primary care practitioners, 3 public health practitioners, 3 people with type 1 dm, 3 people with type 2 dm, 2 researchers in diabetes, a policy leader, a patient organization policy representative and a psychologist involved in diabetes care.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were sampled purposively to represent the following groups: people with Type 1 DM and Type 2 DM, healthcare professionals with clinical experience of diabetes and policy makers working in the area of diabetes. Potential healthcare professional and policy maker participants were identified through peer consultation. People with diabetes were informed of the study through a flyer circulated through Diabetes Ireland.

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.