The APIC Research Agenda: Results from a National Survey

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

infection control and epidemiology

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

international

Why was it conducted at all?

Research is an integral component of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Strategic Plan 2020. As the role of the infection preventionist (IP) has evolved toward consumers and implementers of research, it becomes increasingly necessary to assess which topics require further evidence and how best APIC can assist IPs.

What was the objective?

to determine and re-evaluate research priorities first described in 2000

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 7 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2011

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: compiling list of research topics based on literature. Step 2: survey: participants were provided with list of prior published priorities and asked to rate items by level of current importance, participants were also asked: If there are specific research topics not addressed in the above search priorities that you feel are of significant importance, please describe them by topic in the areas below. What is the single most important thing APIC can do for you to enhance your knowledge, awareness, and participation in dissemination and implementation research?. Step 3: data processing: thematic analysis

Which stakeholders took part?

Members of association for professionals in infection control and epidemiology: nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, medical technologists. 701 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

APIC members were invited to participate.

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.