Updated Research Priorities for Neuroscience Nursing

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

neuroscience nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) established the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation (NNF) in 1993. The mission of the NNF is "to advance the science and practice of neuroscience nursing by identifying and promoting research and evidence-based practices that optimize patient-centered outcomes for people with neurological conditions".

What was the objective?

to update Neuroscience Nursing Foundation's research priorities used to guide funding

What was the outcome?

a list of 18 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: review of literature, funded research and research statements to detect research priorities. Step 2: survey: 35 items divided into 10 categories, survey asking how familiar the nurse was with research related to that category, asking to rate the importance of new research related to specific items related to the board category.

Which stakeholders took part?

Neuroscience nurses and researchers representing the subspecialties of brain tumors, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease. 511 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

The first step in selecting individuals to serve on the panel was to identify leaders in neuroscience nursing research and clinical care. These leaders were identified through a variety of means including suggestions from NNF and AANN board members, a review of the research and clinical literature, and review of nursing organizational officers and board 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.