International survey of nursing home research priorities

J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 May;15(5):309-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.03.003. Epub 2014 Apr 3.


This article reports the findings of a policy survey designed to establish research priorities to inform future research strategy and advance nursing home practice. The survey was administered in 2 rounds during 2013, and involved a combination of open questions and ranking exercises to move toward consensus on the research priorities. A key finding was the prioritization of research to underpin the care of people with cognitive impairment/dementia and of the management of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia within the nursing home. Other important areas were end-of-life care, nutrition, polypharmacy, and developing new approaches to putting evidence-based practices into routine practice in nursing homes. It explores possible innovative educational approaches, reasons why best practices are difficult to implement, and challenges faced in developing high-quality nursing home research.

Keywords: Nursing home research; education in nursing homes; nursing home care; research priorities.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Research*
  • Internationality
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Homes*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires