Setting an Agenda for Clinical Nursing Research in Long-Term Care

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

At the 1989 National League for Nursing Invitational Long-Term Care Conference, 20 nurse experts discussed indexes of quality in long-term care research and practice. During the discussion, the conferees noted that nurses had reviewed the literature six times in 20 years (Basson, 1967; Burnside, 1985; Gunter & Miller, 1977; Haight, 1989a; Kayser-Jones, 1981; Robinson, 1981) but had never taken a futuristic stance to plan an agenda. As a result, the conferees agreed to conduct a Delphi study to set a research agenda for the next decade in long-term care. This report addresses the clinical nursing research needs identified in this study for long-term care.

What was the objective?

to identify topics requiring clinical nursing research in long-term care and to set a clinical nursing research agenda for futuristic planning in long-term care

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research areas

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 provided with list of 85 previously identified research needs and asked to provide additional suggestions, raising number of items from 85 to 265. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate the items. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate based on mean ratings of round 2, in preparation for Delphi round 4: retaining all items receiving a mean score of 6 or more and deleting items averaging less than 6 on the 7-point scale, 15 items reworded, reducing list from 265 to 50 in 7 categories. Step 4: Delphi round 4: participants were asked to rank each item from 1 to 50

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. 20 participants in all 4 rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The National League for Nursing (NLN) selected nurse leaders to participate in their invitational long-term care conferences.

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.