Research priorities for nephrology nursing: American Nephrology Nurses' Association's Delphi Study.

S. L. Lewis, C. L. Cooper, K. G. Cooper, P. N. Bonner, K. Parker, A. Frauman

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    The purpose of this study was to identify and prioritize research topics of importance for nephrology nursing and the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA). This was an explorative survey design using the Delphi technique. Nephrology nurses who are members of ANNA participated in the study. In Round 1 participants included 90 members of the Advanced Practice Special Interest Group. Round 2 participants were 537 nephrology nurses who attended the 28th ANNA National Symposium. Participants in Round 3 were 491 ANNA members who had at least a master's degree in nursing or another field. A three-round Delphi technique was used to solicit, identify, and prioritize problems for nephrology nursing research. In Round 1, 90 nurses identified problems in response to an open-ended question. These responses were analyzed and categorized into a 21-item research survey that was used for subsequent rounds. Round 2 participants rated each research question/topic on the survey on a 1 to 5 scale for level of importance. In addition, they were asked to identify the top-ranked research priorities from the 21 questions. In Round 3, the participants were asked to do the same as in Round 2. In addition, they indicated whether the research priority was primarily a nursing responsibility or a collaborative effort with other health care personnel. Based on 3 rounds of the Delphi study and analysis of both level of importance and rated-research priority, the five areas that were identified as research priorities are (a) nursing interventions to prevent vascular access infections, (b) nursing interventions to maintain vascular access patency, (c) educational needs of patients and families, (d) levels of nursing competence and the effect on patient outcomes, and (e) validation of nursing interventions to achieve patient outcomes. These research priorities provide direction for nephrology nursing research and the ANNA. This Delphi study represents a significant step for ANNA in its commitment to research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)215-225
    Number of pages11
    JournalANNA journal / American Nephrology Nurses' Association
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1999

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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