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Table 2 Research priorities of high and medium importance for the nursing profession in the United Arab Emirates

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

  Importance rating
Highly important research priorities n %
1 Patient safety and awareness of international patient safety goals including nursing staffing issues and shift length 1225 91.5
2 Infection control practices and management of communicable diseases in different hospital departments 1221 91.2
3 Critical thinking, communication skills, problem solving, time management, and planning skills for nurses 1210 90.4
4 Issues related to medication management in clinical settings 1206 90.1
4 Pain assessment and management 1205 90.0
Medium important research priorities
1 Implementing up-to-date, evidence based nursing care and care pathways 1190 88.90
2 Improving communication and team work between healthcare professionals 1190 88.90
3 Work environment, work conditions, staff satisfaction, stress levels, available resources and safety for nurses 1187 88.60
4 Nurses role in prevention of and caring for patients with non-communicable diseases (e.g., cardiac, diabetes, asthma, cancer) 1187 88.60
5 Continuous education and professional development for nurses to maintain competency 1190 88.30
6 Care of immobilized, unconscious, and bedridden patients and prevention of bedsores and ulcers 1182 88.30
7 Wound care management 1180 88.10
8 Leadership and management styles and skills of nurse managers 1177 87.90
9 Health teaching related to current illnesses in different specialties setting and after discharge 1176 87.80
10 Evaluating outcomes and quality of nursing care, and factors affecting it 1176 87.80
11 Strategies to manage staffing issues and shortage in staff 1170 87.40
12 Health education and promotion role of nurses as related to the wider community 1164 86.90
13 Use of technology in nursing care: benefits and drawbacks 1161 86.70
14 Continuous measurement of patient satisfaction of nursing care in different clinical settings 1141 85.20
15 Legal and ethical issues related to the role of nurse 1141 85.20
16 Nurse patient relationship, dealing with different type of patients and violence against nurses in the work place 1139 85.10
17 Antibiotic use and prescription 1139 85.10
18 Special care needs of vulnerable and high risk populations 1134 84.70
19 The need for advanced and specialized nursing care 1127 84.20
20 Ensuring suitable clinical environment for patients from different age groups including family centered care 1126 84.10
21 Learning local culture and language to provide comprehensive care 1120 83.60
22 Rehabilitation, palliative, and end of life care 1104 82.40
23 Care of patients with cancer 1101 82.20
24 Attending for psychosocial needs of patients while being admitted for treatment or surgery in hospitals 1084 81.00
25 Assisting graduate nurses and new recruits transitioning into their nursing career 1060 79.20
26 Utilization of care assistants, and none professional support staff to improve patients care 1053 78.60