Research Priorities of Clinical Nurses and Midwives in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Mixed Methods Study

For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing and midwifery

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - Egypt; Asia - Oman; Asia - Saudi Arabia

Why was it conducted at all?

Effective use of resources in healthcare research is essential in meeting the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 to achieve universal health coverage, increase retention of healthcare workers, and strengthen the capacity of all countries to reduce risk and manage global health risks; the World Health Organization (WHO) also identifies nursing research as an important piece of the framework for improving global healthcare. Determining research priorities to reduce redundancy and ensure a solid evidence base for practice is especially critical in resource-limited countries or those facing healthcare crises such as those in the Middle East.

What was the objective?

to identify regional research priorities for nursing

What was the outcome?

a list of 4 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: 4 focus groups to explore nursing and midwifery clinical research priorities for the region: two in Egypt, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Oman. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis

Which stakeholders took part?

Clinical nurses, midwives. 42 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited through nurse scientists via posted flyers and/ or recruited via word of mouth using both convenience and snowball sampling.

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.