The Way Forward: Identifying Palliative Nursing Research Priorities Within a Hospice

Daniels & Howlett (2001) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

palliative nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

There is little guidance, however, on how individual professions may contribute to this approach and how they should prioritize research topics. Faced with such national issues, one hospice chose to explore how evidence-based practice could be achieved through a nurse-led approach. This was a time of organizational change for the hospice, and therefore a strategic approach was required that facilitated change and the development of practice within the constraints of existing work pressures, but also engendered a collaborative approach involving all nursing staff.

What was the objective?

to develop a degree of consensus regarding priorities for palliative nursing research in the hospice

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 11 research questions

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 to identify up to five practice/research questions that they considered a priority for palliative nursing care at the hospice. Step 2: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rate the priority of each question and to comment on clarity and wording. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to identify those 10 questions that they considered to be of highest importance for practice at the hospice

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses working in the hospice. Delphi round 1: 14 participants. Delphi round 2: 21 participants. Delphi round 3: 35 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

All nursing staff working in the hospice were invited to participate in the study. This included 49 nurses from the inpatient unit, 5 nurses from the day hospice and 10 from the home care team.

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.