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

McKenna, Hugh, McDonough, Suzanne, Keeney, Sinead, Hasson, Felicity, Lagan, Katie, Ward, Mary, Kelly, Greg and Duffy, Orla (2014) Research Priorities for the Therapy Professions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: A comparison of findings from a Delphi Consultation. Journal of Allied Health, 43 (2). pp. 98-109. [Journal article]

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Delphi, therapies professions, podiatry, occupational therapy, nutrition, dietetics, physiotherapy, speech and language, orthoptics, stakeholders, service users, consensus, priorities
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Person-centred Practice Research Centre
ID Code:31729
Deposited By: Dr Sinead Keeney
Deposited On:02 Jun 2015 08:54
Last Modified:04 Aug 2017 14:30

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