Research Priorities for Children's Nursing in Ireland: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

children's nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Ireland

Why was it conducted at all?

The call for improved research in relation to ill health among children in Ireland was documented in The National Children's Strategy: Our Children - Their Lives (Government of Ireland, 2000). While acknowledging the importance of interdisciplinary research to address deficits in this area, this strategy did not identify specific priorities for research on child health or children's nursing.

What was the objective?

to identify and rank the research priorities for nurses delivering care to children in an acute care setting in Ireland

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 27 research topics

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: participants were asked to identify five of the most important research priorities for nurses caring for children in a children's hospital, to indicate whether they considered each priority to be moderately important, very important or extremely important, and to identify five priorities that pertained to their particular area of practice. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis. Step 3: Delphi round 2: priorities of round 1 presented and participants were asked to rate importance. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on mean ratings of round 2.

Which stakeholders took part?

All Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADoN), advanced nurse practitioners (ANP), Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Managers (CNM) (all grades), clinical nurse facilitators (CNF) (ward based staff educators) and nurses with 3 or more years experience. Delphi round 1: 119 participants. Delphi round 2: 459 participants. Delphi round 3: 482 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were selected from a large acute children's hospital in the Republic of 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.