Uganda Nursing Research Agenda: A Delphi Study

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - Uganda

Why was it conducted at all?

Identifying nursing research priorities, empowering researchers, and encouraging relevant studies can advance attaining global health goals. The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union identified the need to establish a nursing research agenda. Nurse leaders have a priority of increasing the influence of nurses in practice and policy. This study was conducted as a preliminary step in a long-term strategy to build nurses' capacity in nursing research.

What was the objective?

to identify nursing research priorities in Uganda

What was the outcome?

a list of 17 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: What are the most important health-related issues in Uganda? What should be the priority topics for nursing research in Uganda? What are the health-related issues where nursing research can have the most impact?. Step 2: data processing: resulting in three separate lists of topics (one list for each question). Step 3: Delphi round 2: participants were asked to rank top 10 topics on each of the three lists. Step 4: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to rank top 5 topics of each of the three lists

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. Delphi round 1: 45 participants. Delphi round 2: 14 participants. Delphi round 3: 10 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The study participants were identified by key stakeholders and included members of Uganda Nurse and Midwives Union (UNMU), nurse faculty and nurse leaders.

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.