Research Priorities for Burn Nursing: Report of the Psychosocial Issues Group

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

burn nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Burn nursing research was discussed at the 1989 Nursing Special Interest Group Meeting of the American Burn Association. Members outlined the need to direct future research endeavors to the areas of greatest need and concern, since research resources are limited. To respond to this concern, we constructed a study that was designed to identify the issues for future research that are most relevant to burn care.

What was the objective?

to identify nursing research priorities in burn care

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: selection of experts and compilation of questions: participants were asked to submit three to five questions that could be answered by nursing research, responses combined to 101 research questions. Step 2: Delphi round 2: 101-item survey, participants were asked to rate each question. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on group mean ratings and comment on each question. Step 4: Delphi round 4: participants were asked to review comments from round 3, their personal ratings and group mean ratings from round 3, participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses burn care facilities. Delphi round 1: 158 participants. Delphi round 2: 121 participants. Delphi round 3: 115 participants. Delphi round 4: 94 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Each head nurse was asked to distribute the questionnaires to interested registered nurses.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of an advisory board.