Research priorities for respiratory nursing: A UK-wide Delphi study

Carol Kelly, Andrew Kirkcaldy, Melissa Pilkington, Hodson Matthew, Lindsay Welch, Janelle Yorke, Katherine Knighting

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Respiratory nurses make a significant contribution to the delivery of respiratory healthcare, but there is a dearth of nurse-led, practice focussed, published research. Using a modified three-round Delphi, this study sought to identify research priorities for respiratory nursing to inform a national research strategy. Study information and the survey link were sent electronically to members of UK professional respiratory organisations. Round 1 had 78 items across 16 topics, informed by a systematic literature review. Respondents suggested additional items which were content analysed to inform Round 2. Respondents rated all items and ranked the topics in all rounds. To ensure rigour, rounds had an explicit focus, with pre-determined criteria for consensus (70%). Ethical approval was granted by the University. In total, 363 responses were received across three rounds (n=183, n=95, n=85). The top five research priorities were: 1) Patient understanding of asthma control; 2) The clinical and cost-effectiveness of respiratory nurse interventions; 3) The impact of nurse-led clinics on patient care; 4) Inhaler technique; and 5) two topics jointly scored: Prevention of exacerbations and Symptom management. With potential international significance, this is the first UK study to identify research priorities for respiratory nursing, providing direction for those planning or undertaking research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal Open Research
Issue number2
Early online date20 Apr 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2018


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