Using a Delphi Survey to Develop Clinical Nursing Research Priorities Among Nursing Management

For which topic were research priorities identified?

clinical nursing

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Determining research priorities is the 1st step toward building a solid evidence base for clinical practice. Nurse managers (NMs) are well poised to identify research priorities, and yet, a literature review revealed a dearth of research priorities as determined by clinical NMs.

What was the objective?

to identify clinical nursing research priorities among nurse managers

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 4 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

February 2017 - August 2017

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 5 clinical nursing research priorities. Step 2: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to rate topics. Step 3: Delphi round 3: participants were asked to re-rate topics based on round 2 results

Which stakeholders took part?

Nurses. Delphi round 1: 29 participants. Delphi round 2: 23 participants. Delphi round 3: 18 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Unit-level nurse managers at a large, academic, urban academic medical center in the Northeast region of the United States 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.