Research Priorities of NSW Midwives

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

Research is vital to achieve optimum health outcomes for pregnant women, children and families. Recently, the benefit of setting research priorities to effectively utilize limited resources has been identified. Currently there is a lack of published Australian research data relevant to the practice of midwifery. Consultation with current practitioners is important to fulfill the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) key priority for a healthy start to life, ensure limited resources are expended appropriately and promote evidence-based mid-wifery practice.

What was the objective?

to ascertain the perceived research priorities and the research experience of midwives in NSW, Australia

What was the outcome?

a list of 6 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2005

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: participants were asked to list the research priorities they thought were important to the practice of midwifery. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis

Which stakeholders took part?

Midwives. 213 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

One thousand surveys and information sheet with reply paid envelope were mailed out in March 2005 to NSW subscribers of Australian Midwifery. An advertisement for the project was also placed in The Lamp.

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.