Research Priorities for the Therapy Professions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: A comparison of findings from a Delphi Consultation

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BACKGROUND: Allied health professions constitute alarge and growing proportion of the healthcare workforce.As a collective they are involved in complex careinterventions often within multidisciplinary teams andincreasingly in community settings. Even though reliableinformation is lacking, some professions do appearto have developed an active research culture, whereasothers are more limited in terms of research. PURPOSE:This paper reports on the comparative findings of twoDelphi studies, one in Northern Ireland and one in theRepublic of Ireland, undertaken between 2008 and2011. The aim of both studies was to identify researchpriorities for six of the therapy professions. METHOD: Aclassic Delphi approach was used involving expertpanels from the therapy disciplines, service users, andkey stakeholders. Results: Both studies provided richsources of data. Areas of commonality included theevaluation of practice generally and specific interventionscommon to each of the professions. More effectiveservice management and health promotionresearch were also identified as important in both countries.CONCLUSIONS: As the global number of alliedhealth professionals increases, along with the need forthem to support their practice with sound evidence, thefindings from this paper have international implications.
LanguageEnglish
Pages98-109
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume43
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

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  • Delphi
  • therapies professions
  • podiatry
  • occupational therapy
  • nutrition
  • dietetics
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language
  • orthoptics
  • stakeholders
  • service users
  • consensus
  • priorities

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note = "Reference text: REFERENCES 1. Institute of Medicine. Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the Twenty-first Century. Washington DC: The National Academies Press; 2001. 2. Needle JJ, Petchey RP, Benson J, et al. The role of allied health professionals in health promotion (Report No. Final). London: NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme; 2011. 3, Scottish Executive. Allied Health Professions Action Plan Research and Development. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive; 2004. 4. Lunday J. The need for visibility and engagement of AHPs in the global health agenda. Int J Ther Rehabil. 2009; 16(3): 128–129. 5. National Commission on Allied Health. J Allied Health. 1996; 25(1):1–137. 6. Higher Education Funding Council for England. Research in Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Report of the Task Group 3 to HEFCE and the Department of Health. Bristol: HEFCE; 2001. 7. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Priorities for Physiotherapy Research in the UK. London: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; 2002. Available at: http://www.csp.org.uk/director/effec tivepractice/research/priorities.cfm. Accessed Nov 14, 2012. 8. American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Research Priorities and Parameters of Practice for Occupational therapy. Bethesda, MD: AOTF; 2003. 9. Bannigan K, Boniface G, Doherty P, et al. The nature and value of research priority setting in healthcare: case study of the POTTER project. J Market Manage Healthcare. 2009; 2(3): 293– 304. 10. College of Occupational Therapists. Building the evidence for occupational therapy: priorities for research. London: College of Occupational Therapists; 2007. 11. Cusick A, Albornoz G, Bissett M. Occupational therapy research evidence and priorities in mental health. Australia: OT Australia 23rd National Conference & Exhibition; 2008. 12. Bannigan K, Boniface G, Doherty P, et al. The POTTER Project: Final Report. London: College of Occupational Therapists; 2006. 13. Castellanos VH, Myers EF, Shanklin CW. The ADA’s Research Priorities Contribute to a Bright Future for Dietetics Professionals. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004; 104(4): 678–681. 14. British Dietetic Association. The British Dietetic Association Research Strategy. Birmingham: British Dietetic Association; 2008. 15. Podiatric Research Forum. Real time Delphi exercise for PRF meeting 13 January 2003 London: Podiatric Research Forum; 2003. 16. Department of Health and Children. Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You. Dublin: Department of Health and Children; 2001. 17. Centre for Prehosptial Research. A national prehospital research strategy. Ireland: University of Limerick; 2008. 18. McKenna HP, Ashton S, Keeney S. Barriers to evidence based practice. J Adv Nurs. 2004; 45(2): 178–189. 19. Hasson F, Keeney S, McKenna HP. Research guidelines for the Delphi survey technique. J Adv Nurs. 2000; 32(4): 1008–1015. 20. Keeney S, Hasson F, McKenna HP. Consulting the oracle: ten lessons from using the Delphi technique in nursing research. J Adv Nurs. 2006; 53(2): 1–8. 21. McKenna H, Keeney S. Delphi Studies In: Watson R, Keady J, McKenna HP (eds) Researching Nursing Practice. London: Blackwell Publishing; 2008. 22. McKenna HP. The Delphi Technique: a worthwhile approach for nursing? J Adv Nurs. 1994; 19: 1221–1225. 23. McKenna H, McDonough SM, McDonnell R, et al. The identification of research priorities for therapy professions in Ireland. Ireland: Department of Health and Children, Health Research Board; 2010. Available at: http://www.hrb.ie/publications/ hrb-publication/publications//520/. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 24. McDonough SM, McKenna H, Keeney S, et al. The identification of research priorities for therapy professions in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland: HSC Public Health Agency Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland, and The Health Research Board, Ireland; 2011. Available at: http://www.public health.hscni.net/sites/default/files/NI_Delphi_Study_Execu tive_Summary.pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 25. Diabetes UK. Putting Feet First 2009. Available at: www.dia betes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/Putting_Feet_first_010709. pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 26. National Minimum Skills Framework 2011. Available at: www. diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Professionals/Education{\%}20and{\%} 20skills/NMSF_16Feb2011.pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 27. NICE CG119: Diabetic Foot Problems–NICE Clinical Guidelines. 2011. Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ CG119. Accessed Apr 5, 2014. 28. Department of Health. National Stroke Strategy. London: Department of Health; 2007. 29. Early Language Development Programme (ELDP). London: ELDP Talking Point; 2013. Available at: http://eldp.talking point.org.uk/. Accessed June 26, 2013. 30. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. RCSLT Resource Manual for Commissioning and Planning Services for SLCD: Dysphagia. 2009. Available at: http://www.rcslt.org/ speech_and_language_therapy/commissioning. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 31. Marsh K, Bertranou E, Suominen S, Venkatachalam M. An economic evaluation of speech and language therapy. London: Matrix Evidence, 2010. Available at: http://www.rcslt. org/giving_voice/matrix_report. Accessed June 29, 2013. 32. Northern Ireland Assembly. Obesity Inquiry Research Paper. Research and Library Services Research Paper 97/09. Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly; 2009. 33. DHSSPSNI. Improving Health and Well Being through Positive Partnerships—A Strategy for the Allied Health Professions in Northern Ireland 2012–2017. Belfast, DHSSPSNI, 2012. 34. DHSSPSNI. Transforming Your Care—A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. Belfast, DHSSPSNI, 2011",
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Available at: http://www.public health.hscni.net/sites/default/files/NI_Delphi_Study_Execu tive_Summary.pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 25. Diabetes UK. Putting Feet First 2009. Available at: www.dia betes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/Putting_Feet_first_010709. pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 26. National Minimum Skills Framework 2011. Available at: www. diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Professionals/Education%20and% 20skills/NMSF_16Feb2011.pdf. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 27. NICE CG119: Diabetic Foot Problems–NICE Clinical Guidelines. 2011. Available at: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ CG119. Accessed Apr 5, 2014. 28. Department of Health. National Stroke Strategy. London: Department of Health; 2007. 29. Early Language Development Programme (ELDP). London: ELDP Talking Point; 2013. Available at: http://eldp.talking point.org.uk/. Accessed June 26, 2013. 30. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. RCSLT Resource Manual for Commissioning and Planning Services for SLCD: Dysphagia. 2009. Available at: http://www.rcslt.org/ speech_and_language_therapy/commissioning. Accessed Apr 10, 2013. 31. Marsh K, Bertranou E, Suominen S, Venkatachalam M. An economic evaluation of speech and language therapy. London: Matrix Evidence, 2010. Available at: http://www.rcslt. org/giving_voice/matrix_report. Accessed June 29, 2013. 32. Northern Ireland Assembly. Obesity Inquiry Research Paper. Research and Library Services Research Paper 97/09. Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly; 2009. 33. DHSSPSNI. Improving Health and Well Being through Positive Partnerships—A Strategy for the Allied Health Professions in Northern Ireland 2012–2017. Belfast, DHSSPSNI, 2012. 34. DHSSPSNI. Transforming Your Care—A Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. Belfast, DHSSPSNI, 2011

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