Public Health Nursing Research Priorities: A Collaborative Delphi Study

Misener et al. (1994) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

public health nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

One efficient strategy to carry out research and to address the concerns of these authors is for academics and clinicians to join forces in all stages of the process. Clinicians and administrators on the front lines of client care and policy making have the questions. Academicians can provide methodological expertise to design studies that answer the questions, in addition to having the credentials to enhance prospects of obtaining funds to carry out studies. In an era of limited personnel and fiscal resources for research, it behooves the members of a profession to establish research priorities based on empirical data, and to answer those questions in the most parsimonious manner to maximize available assets.

What was the objective?

to identify research questions and priorities in public health nursing based on the perceived needs of practicing public health nurses

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 9 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: open-ended question regarding research priorities for public health nursing, 657 questions submitted. Step 2: data processing: responses clustered into categories, condensed into 78 items. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey with 78 items, participants were asked to rate each question by perceived importance, additionally asked to indicate if each item should be within the primary purview of nursing to study

Which stakeholders took part?

Public health nurses. Delphi round 1: 290 participants. Delphi round 2: 347 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A convenience sample of registered nurses employed in one state's official PHN agency was used. All members of the population were eligible to participate in round 2 whether or not they had participated in round 1.

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.