Sinead Keeney

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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)
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 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)
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)
In the UK, a number of policy documents have sought to outline and clarify the role of the community nurse in the past 10 years. Furthermore, the increasing specialisation of community nursing has been the topic of much debate in the UK and Ireland. The present study aimed to investigate the perceptions of community nurses, general practitioners (GPs),(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)
AIMS This paper reports a literature review exploring the relationship between quality of care and selected organizational variables through a consideration of what is meant by perceptions of quality, whose perceptions are accorded prominence, and whether changes in staffing, skill mix and autonomy affect perceptions of quality. BACKGROUND Three basic(More)