Research Priorities for Nursing and Midwifery in Southern Ireland

McCarthy et al. (2006) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

nursing and midwifery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Ireland

Why was it conducted at all?

In Ireland, as the result of a number of Commissioned Reports (Department of Health & Children 2001a,b) a reform of the health services is underway. Irish Nursing has also been trans formed in recent years as a result of the Commission on Nursing (Department of Health & Children 1998) with change to an all graduate profession, clinical career paths established and consid erable changes to nurse management. The need for a research agenda for nursing and midwifery has become an imperative in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. In Ireland, there is little known about research priorities for nursing and midwifery and to date there has been no published work in this area.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities for nursing and midwifery in the Southern Health Board area in Ireland for the immediate and long term

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 9 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

6 months

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: 10 focus groups, participants recorded responses individually and collectively on flipcharts. Step 2: survey: based on focus group findings and based on literature review, participants were asked to rate each item in terms of whether they viewed it as a research priority in the short term or long term, participants also asked to state their top five priorities

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses and midwives. Focus groups: 70 participants. Survey: 474 participants: 54% held a general nursing qualification, 11% mental health nurses, 10% midwives and 10% public health nurse.

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.