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Nurse-identified patient care and health services research priorities in the United Arab Emirates: a Delphi study


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Background: The need for improved research on ill health has been recognized internationally and locally in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council recently committed to enhancing the status
and contributions of nursing in healthcare research across the UAE by establishing a National Committee for
Research Development. This study using a Delphi method to identify research priorities from the perspective of
nurses delivering frontline healthcare.
Methods: A two-phase Delphi design was implemented with 1032 nurses participating in phase one of the study
and 1339 in phase two.
Results: The most important priority was patient safety and healthcare professionals’ awareness of international
patient safety goals (including staffing levels and shift length) and potential effects on patient safety. Other
important priorities were infection control practices and management of communicable diseases.
Conclusions: These priorities may inform nursing research programs to improve patient care and health outcomes
in the UAE and similar contexts worldwide.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing research, Evidence-based healthcare, Evidence-based practice, Delphi technique, United Arab Emirates
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Lisa Cox
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 22:05
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 08:57

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