Felicity Hasson

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Consensus methods such as the Delphi survey technique are being employed to help enhance effective decision-making in health and social care. The Delphi survey is a group facilitation technique, which is an iterative multistage process, designed to transform opinion into group consensus. It is a flexible approach, that is used commonly within the health and(More)
AIM The aim of this paper was to provide insight into the Delphi technique by outlining our personal experiences during its use over a 10-year period in a variety of applications. BACKGROUND As a means of achieving consensus on an issue, the Delphi research method has become widely used in healthcare research generally and nursing research in particular.(More)
The Delphi technique is an approach used to gain consensus among a panel of experts. This is normally achieved through a series of rounds where information is fed back to panel members using questionnaires. It has been used extensively within social science research and is being increasingly employed by nurse researchers. This popularity has meant that the(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to identify strategic priorities to inform the development of a regional strategy for nursing and midwifery research and development. BACKGROUND Research capacity has been highlighted internationally as a crucial element in the advancement of nursing and midwifery research and development. Research capacity has been(More)
AIM To explore the unregistered healthcare worker's role and influence on student nurses' clinical learning experience. BACKGROUND Across the developed world, the role of the unregistered worker is exceeding its traditional boundaries. Evidence suggests that this includes the day-to-day mentoring of pre-registration student nurses. However, no research to(More)
AIM This paper reports on part of a larger study and outlines Registered Nurses' and Midwives' perceptions of, and satisfaction with, trained health care assistants in a regional hospital setting in the Republic of Ireland. BACKGROUND An increased reliance upon health care assistants in the clinical setting has highlighted the need to consider how staff(More)
It has long been recognised that the majority of care provided in chronic illness comes not from health and social care professionals, but from family and friends. One such illness is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world.To explore the specific care needs of informal caregivers of(More)
AIM This study explored the experiences of palliative care that bereaved carers had while providing care to a dying loved one with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHOD Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with nine carers who had lost a loved one in the preceding 6 to 24 months. These interviews explored levels of satisfaction with(More)
Palliative care encompasses spiritual as well as physical, social and psychological aspects. Spiritual care has been identified as a key concern of dying patients. During an audit of the Northern Ireland Hospice chaplaincy service against the national Standards for Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplaincy (2003), 62 patients' spiritual needs along with their(More)