Top Priorities for the Next Decade of Nursing Health Services Research

Published in: Nursing Outlook (2020). doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2020.12.004

Posted on RAND.org on January 08, 2021

by Catherine C. Cohen, Hilary Barnes, Peter Buerhaus, Grant R. Martsolf, Sean P. Clarke, Karen Donelan, Heather L. Tubbs-Cooley

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Background

The U.S. health care system faces increasing pressures for reform. The importance of nurses in addressing health care delivery challenges cannot be overstated.

Purpose

To present a Nursing Health Services Research (NHSR) agenda for the 2020s.

Method

A meeting of an interdisciplinary group of 38 health services researchers to discuss five key challenges facing health care delivery (behavioral health, primary care, maternal/neonatal outcomes, the aging population, health care spending) and identify the most pressing and feasible research questions for NHSR in the coming decade.

Findings

Guided by a list of inputs affecting health care delivery (health information technology, workforce, delivery systems, payment, social determinants of health), meeting participants identified 5 to 6 research questions for each challenge. Also, eight cross-cutting themes illuminating the opportunities and barriers facing NHSR emerged.

Discussion

The Agenda can act as a foundation for new NHSR—which is more important than ever—in the 2020s.

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