Prioritizing a Research Agenda: A Delphi Study of the Better Outcomes Through Research for Newborns (BORN) Network

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

There is a paucity of evidence to guide clinical management for term and late preterm newborns. The Better Outcomes through Research for Newborns (BORN) network is a national collaborative of clinicians formed to increase the evidence-base for well newborn care.

What was the objective?

to develop a consensus-based, prioritized research agenda for well newborn care

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 20 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

May 2012 - January 2013

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey asking: Thinking about your clinical practice, please list 3 or more routine nursery decision questions which are extremely important and, to date, inadequately addressed in the medical literature., 439 unique research questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis: to identify common themes, resulting in 20 clearly stated questions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked: Thinking about your membership in the BORN network and your nursery practice, please rate each research question for its importance in expanding the evidence base for clinical decision-making., participants were asked to rate each question

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the better outcomes through research for newborns (born) network: pediatric clinicians, researchers. Delphi round 1: 135 participants. Delphi round 2: 150 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All BORN members were asked to participate.

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.