Research Priorities for Nurses Caring for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Gulick (1996) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

multiple sclerosis

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Escalating healthcare costs, use of new health technologies and treatments, shorter hospital stays and increased patient or family administred treatments and care given in the home create a demand for changes in health and nursing services. Rapid changes in the healthcare system make meeting the health and nursing care needs of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) particularly challenging because of the variable symptoms and disabilities associated with this chronic disease. Research is vital to developing innovative yet practical and effective nursing services for this population.

What was the objective?

to obtain consensus on research priorities related to health and nursing care needs of persons with multiple sclerosis and their families and particular nursing interventions for which effective outcomes needed to be determined

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 12 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: identification of research areas: survey asking participants to list those areas in which research is needed that would help nurses who care for patients with MS better understand the needs of MS patients and their families and to identify particular nursing interventions for which effective outcomes needed to be determined. Step 2: data processing: review of submitted areas, 81 research questions formulated, questions again reviewed, resulting in 108 research questions along 4 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate each of the 108 questions and select the 10 most important questions in which they thought research was needed. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to make final rating

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. 30 participants in all 2 rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Nurses affiliated with CMSCs were recruited.

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.