The 1992 APON Delphi Study to Establish Research Priorities for Pediatric Oncology Nursing

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

pediatric oncology nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

When research priorities are identified by pediatric oncology nurses who are involved in the care of patients, the research priorities are likely to have particular relevance for the specialty. Ultimately, APON's list of nursing research priorities could have a definite and positive impact on practice by directing support to multiple studies on the same topic.

What was the objective?

to identify the most important research priorities for pediatric oncology nursing

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 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 the question: Please list one or two patient care concerns or issues in pediatric oncology nursing that you feel need to be studied by nursing, 586 ideas submitted. Step 2: data processing: original ideas were reduced to 75 distinct research priorities. Step 3: Delphi round 2: survey with 75 research topics, participants were asked to rate importance

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses: pediatric oncology nurses. 227 participants in all 2 rounds.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited via the 1992 APON newsletter that was mailed to 1,528 members.

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.