Research Priorities for Nursing Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents: A West Australian Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

care of infants, children and adolescents

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

In our institution, the need for nursing research to provide the evidence necessary to support nursing practice was recognised by a working party formed to review education and research in the health service. As a result of this review, a recommendation was made to identify the research priorities relevant to nursing infants, children and adolescents.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities for the care of infants, children and adolescents at the sole tertiary referral hospital for children in Western Australia

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

2005 - 2006

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: Delphi round 1: survey asking participants to identify their top five nursing research priorities for patients (infants, children and adolescents), families and health promotion, 280 research topics submitted. Step 2: data processing: content analysis, resulting in 74 research topics in 12 categories. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey with 74 research topics, participants were asked to rate relevance of each topic. Step 4: Delphi round 3: topic with mean rating of ≥ 5 retained, participants were asked to re-rate

Which stakeholders took part?

Registered nurses who were employed at the sole tertiary referral hospital for children and adolescents. Delphi round 1: 47 participants. Delphi round 2: 63 participants. Delphi round 3: 47 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A randomly selected sample of registered nurses was invited to participate. A stratified random sampling technique was used to select 40% (N=217) of the total number of registered nurses, including bedside nurses, nurse specialists and nurse managers. These nurses were invited to participate in Round I and Round II. Only the Round II respondents were invited to participate in Round III. Information sessions were presented to day and night staff throughout the hospital to maximise recruitment of nurses.

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.