European neonatal intensive care nursing research priorities: An e-delphi study

Joke M. Wielenga*, Lyvonne N. Tume, Jos M. Latour, Agnes Van Den Hoogen

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Objective This study aimed to identify and prioritise neonatal intensive care nursing research topics across Europe using an e-Delphi technique.

Design An e-Delphi technique with three questionnaire rounds was performed. Qualitative responses of round one were analysed by content analysis and research statements were generated to be ranged on importance on a scale of 1-6 (not important to most important).

Setting Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in 17 European countries.

Population NICU clinical nurses managers educators and researchers (n=75).

Intervention None.

Main outcome measures A list of 43 research statements in eight domains.

Results The six highest ranking statements (≥ 5.0 mean score) were related to prevention and reduction of pain (mean 5.49; SD 1.07), medication errors (mean 5.20; SD 1.13), end-of-life care (mean 5.05; SD 1.18), needs of parents and family (mean 5.04; SD 1.23), implementing evidence into nursing practice (mean 5.02; SD 1.03), and pain assessment (mean 5.02; SD 1.11). The research domains were prioritised and ranked: (1) pain and stress; (2) family centred care; (3) clinical nursing care practices; (4) quality and safety; (5) ethics; (6) respiratory and ventilation; (7) infection and inflammation; and (8) professional issues in neonatal intensive care nursing.

Conclusions The results of this study might support developing a nursing research strategy for the nursing section of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care. In addition, this may promote more European researcher collaboratives for neonatal nursing research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)F66-F71
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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