Priority Areas for Clinical Research in Palliative Care Nursing

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

palliative care nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Palliative care is a challenging and expanding area of nursing practice. Systematic review and establishment of guidelines for best practice in palliative care is central to achievement of these recommendations. This requires appropriate research into clinical management of palliative care problems and issues.

What was the objective?

to identify current areas for future research that would have high potential for social benefit and lead to an improvement in patient care

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 13 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: participants were asked to develop five priority research questions in 5 areas: (1) Clinical research that is of the highest value for patients. (2) Clinical research that is of the highest value for CNC. (3) Clinical research that would provide improved community care. (4) Research that would facilitate health promotion and disease prevention. (5) Research that would be of value for CNC professional needs. 146 items suggested. Step 2: data processing: editing suggestions. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey with 146 items: participants were asked to indicate whether nursing should take a leadership role (yes or no) and to rate each question. Step 4: Delphi round 3: survey with 53 items (median rating of 6 or higher in round 2), participants were asked to re-rate and briefly explain their reason for allocating a high priority

Which stakeholders took part?

9 clinical nurse consultants (CNCs) working in palliative care in New South Wales (NSW).

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

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.