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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 desire to reduce the length of waiting lists in the modern health service means that strategies for decreasing the length of hospital stay are exercising the minds of service planners. This has led to renewed emphasis on well planned discharge policies and procedures. The aim of this study was to analyse all discharge policies and procedures currently(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)
BACKGROUND Evidence-based practice is one of the most important underlying principles in modern health care. In the United Kingdom, successive governments have highlighted the fact that a quality health service is built upon the use of best evidence. Health professionals are becoming more accountable within clinical governance structures for the care they(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)
People with health problems deserve a service that is based on best available evidence and is possible within obtainable resources. No credible health professional could deny that sound evidence should be an integral part of clinical decision making. The demand for up to date information to inform care and treatment highlights the crucial role of research(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)
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)
AIMS The aim of this study was to explore new nursing and midwifery roles and associated levels of practice from the health care providers' perspective. This paper will present findings relating to the perceived cost effectiveness of these roles and their impact on patient care. BACKGROUND Profound changes in the way the health care systems are organized,(More)