Developing a research agenda for nursing and midwifery: A modified Delphi study

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Contemporary Nurse




School of Nursing and Midwifery / Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research




Monterosso, L., Ross-Adjie, G., & Keeney, S. (2015). Developing a research agenda for nursing and midwifery: A modified Delphi study. Contemporary Nurse, 51(1), 83-95. Available here


Aim: We sought to ascertain the nursing and midwifery research priorities at a large private tertiary hospital in Australia. Design: A modified Delphi technique with two rounds of questionnaires. Methods: The first round survey was distributed to 448 nurses and midwives with a 19.2% (n = 86) response rate. Due to a low response rate in some specialties, the second round of the Delphi was only sent to nurses in the Learning and Organisational Development speciality who were asked to rank 10 identified topics specific to Learning and Organisational Development using a five point Likert-type scale. Results: Two hundred and fifty seven topics were identified in Round One and were condensed to 181 topics. Each topic was assigned to one of four categories: clinical audit; existing evidence base; research; or other topics which fell beyond the bounds of nursing or midwifery research. Twenty three research topics were identified with priorities focusing on learning and development and workforce issues. Conclusion: Priorities were congruent with the organisation's strategic workforce focus. Topics identified in this study will ensure that the nursing and midwifery research conducted at the study setting is relevant and reflects priorities as determined by clinical nurses and midwives.



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