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Establishing a set of research priorities in care homes for older people in the UK: a modified Delphi consensus study with care home staff

Shepherd, Victoria, Wood, Fiona and Hood, Kerenza 2017. Establishing a set of research priorities in care homes for older people in the UK: a modified Delphi consensus study with care home staff. Age and Ageing 46 (2) , pp. 284-290. 10.1093/ageing/afw204

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Background: currently, there is little evidence base for much of the care provided for older people in care homes. Given the wide range of topics that require further investigation, and limited resources, one solution is to identify the priorities for future research. Methods: a modified Delphi technique was used to identify research topics and develop consensus among care home staff participants. The survey was conducted across three rounds. Firstly to elicit topics that were considered by participants to require further research, secondly to prioritise the long list of research questions, followed by a third round to reach a consensus on the highest ranked 15 questions. Results: eighty-three participants responded to the initial survey, providing 144 questions. Following analysis and review against existing evidence, 76 research questions remained. Of note, 40/83 participants responded to the interim prioritisation round and 43/83 participants responded to the final round, which ranked the top 15 research questions by importance. Two other groups of health and social care professionals also participated in the final ranking. The results from these groups had a similar ordering to those of the original cohort of participants. Conclusion: this is the first study to establish a set of research priorities for older people in the UK care homes. It is hoped that sharing these results with clinicians, researchers and funding bodies will help to begin the process of ensuring that the future research agenda can be focused on the areas of greatest need. Further work to identify the priorities of other key stakeholders is required.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: older people, care, priority setting, survey, care homes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0002-0729
Funders: South East Wales Trials Unit
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 November 2016
Date of Acceptance: 30 September 2016
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2018 18:44

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