Stroke Research Questions: A Nursing Perspective

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Stroke is a national research priority. However, in the literature there is still minimal systematic investigation of stroke nursing - especially practice.

What was the objective?

to explore stroke nurses' research priorities through a series of focus group and to identify aspects of stroke nursing practice for which there was little or no evidence base

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

June 2005 - November 2005

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: focus groups: participants were asked to describe and discuss issues and topics that arose during course of their daily practice and about which they were uncertain. Step 2: data processing: thematic analysis: list of research topics/themes identified

Which stakeholders took part?

Registered nurses working in stroke care settings and who were members of the Scottish stroke nurses forum. 7 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The study sample was drawn from the population of registered nurses working in stroke care settings and who were members of the SSNF. The SSNF has a membership of approximately 200, the majority of whom are registered nurses specializing in stroke or neurological care. A purposive sample of 40 members of the SSNF was recruited to the study. Participants were invited to take part in a focus group by a SSNF representative.

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.