Top 10 Research Priorities Relating to Stroke Nursing: A Rigorous Approach to Establish a National Nurse-Led Research Agenda

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

stroke nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

Therefore, nurses should incorporate the views of patients and the public when prioritising research activities, ensuring that studies remain patient-centred and clinically relevant (INVOLVE 2015).

What was the objective?

to determine the top 10 research priorities specific to stroke nursing

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

September 2014 - November 2014

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

JLA method

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: taking data from previously completed JLA life after stroke priority setting partnership project, using the 226 unique unanswered questions. Step 2: interim ranking: stroke nurses were asked to rank top 10 questions that they considered a priority to stroke nursing from the summary document including the 226 unique unanswered research questions, 23 of 226 research questions ranked by at least 10 participants, further 5 questions fell in top 25 shared priorities, resulting in shortlist of 28 priorities. Step 3: final prioritization: workshop: in preparation for workshop participants were asked to rank questions in relation to their priority for stroke nursing, during workshop: small group discussions and small group rankings, plenary discussion and ranking

Which stakeholders took part?

Stroke nurses. Interim ranking: 97 participants. Workshop: 27 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Nurses who attended the SSNF annual conference were invited to participate. In addition the questionnaire was also sent by post or email to all SSNF members. A purposefully selected group of nurses attended a final consensus meeting: Characteristics considered within the sampling framework included position (e.g. non-registered nurse, staff nurse, charge nurse, stroke nurse specialist), care setting (e.g. acute stroke unit, rehabilitation unit, community), years working in stroke care and geographical location.

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.