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Title: Prioritisation of future research topics for children's hospice care by its key stakeholders: a Delphi study
Author(s): Malcolm, Cari
Knighting, Katherine
Forbat, Liz
Kearney, Nora
Contact Email: elizabeth.forbat@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: children
Delphi Study
future
hospice
research
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Malcolm C, Knighting K, Forbat L & Kearney N (2009) Prioritisation of future research topics for children's hospice care by its key stakeholders: a Delphi study, Palliative Medicine, 23 (5), pp. 398-405.
Abstract: The Delphi process, widely used in health research to seek consensus on key issues amongst large stakeholder groups, was adopted to allow families, hospice staff/volunteers and linked professionals to identify and prioritise future research priorities for children’s hospice care. In the qualitative Round 1, interviews with families (n = 5), linked professionals (n = 18) and focus groups with hospice staff and volunteers (n = 44) led to the generation of 56 research topics categorised within 14 broad theme. To give a larger number of stakeholders (n = 621) (including families n = 293; hospice staff/volunteers n = 216 and professionals n = 112) the opportunity to rate the importance of each research topic and seek group consensus on the future research priorities for children’s hospice care, subsequent Rounds 2 and 3 involved the use of postal questionnaires. Response rates to questionnaires were 44% in Round 2 (274/621) and 83% in Round 3 (204/247). Participants prioritised research topics relating to 1) hospice and respite care needs of young people (aged 16 +), 2) pain and symptom management and 3) bereavement and end-of-life care. There was wide acknowledgement by those took part in the process of the difficulty in rating the topics, and emphasis on the fact that all of the topics raised during the project are of high importance and merit further research. The current salient issues perceived by key stakeholders as being the research priorities for children’s hospice care were identified. Addressing the priority topics for research identified in this project would further contribute to the development of a much needed evidence base in children’s hospice and palliative care research and optimise the delivery of children’s hospice services that are underpinned by valid and robust research.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/876
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216309104061
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Affiliation: NMH Research - Stirling
Cancer Care Research Centre
Cancer Care Research Centre
NMH Research - Stirling

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