Research Priorities in Nursing - A Delphi Study among Swedish Nurses

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - Sweden

Why was it conducted at all?

Priority-setting is regarded as one of the main strategies to ensure excellence in nursing science, to direct nursing research and develop healthcare practice accordingly as well as strengthening the nursing profession's research commitment.

What was the objective?

to illuminate essential areas for future patient-related nursing research, to stimulate nurses to explore important research areas based on clinical practice

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 45 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 primary areas/questions of importance to patient-related nursing research, 380 primary areas/ questions identified. Step 2: data processing: thematic coding of submissions, 7 main categories and 41 sub-categories established. Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate importance of each item along 3 criteria. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to rank the 15 most important areas for each of the 3 categories

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses from the region Västra Götaland Region in Western Sweden representing all health care institutions from different perspectives and communities. 118 participants in Delphi round 1, 103 participants in Delphi round 2, and 95 participants in Delphi round 3.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Convenience sample: nurses from the region.

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.