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Establishing priorities for UK cancer nursing research: Nurse and patient collaboration in a UK Oncology Nursing Society Delphi survey

Cox, AC, Arber, A, Gallagher, A, MacKenzie, M and Ream, E (2017) Establishing priorities for UK cancer nursing research: Nurse and patient collaboration in a UK Oncology Nursing Society Delphi survey Oncology Nursing Forum.

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Abstract

Purpose: Obtain consensus on research priorities for cancer nursing research in the UK. Design: A 3-round online Delphi survey Setting: Oncology nurses were invited via the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) database. Patient participation was invited through patient organisations. Sample: 50 oncology nurses and 18 patients Methods: Eligible and consenting individuals reported five priorities for cancer nursing research (round 1), rated their level of agreement with them (round 2), and re-stated/revised their responses in light of the group’s (round 3). Consensus was defined as 80% agreement. Findings: Consensus was reached on 50/107 research priorities. These priorities reflected the entire cancer pathway, from diagnosis to palliative care. Highest agreement was reached within and across groups on the need for research relating to prevention, screening and early diagnosis and psychological care across the cancer trajectory. Little consensus was reached regarding symptoms and sideeffects. There was some evident divergence: only patients reached consensus regarding palliative care research and only nurses on eHealth and technology research. Conclusions: Oncology nurses and patients do not necessarily prioritise the same research areas. Prevention, screening and early diagnosis are considered of highest priority for future research across both oncology nurses and patients. Implications for nursing: Patients usually play little part in priority setting for research. This study provided the opportunity for meaningful patient and nurse involvement in setting a research agenda for cancer nursing that is relevant and beneficial to both cancer nurses and patients.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Sciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Cox, ACUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Arber, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gallagher, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
MacKenzie, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ream, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 March 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 Oncology Nursing Society
Uncontrolled Keywords : Research priorities; oncology nurses; patients; Delphi technique.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jul 2016 08:31
Last Modified : 27 Jul 2016 08:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811466

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