Nursing Informatics Research Priorities for the Future: Recommendations from an International Survey

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:222-6.


We present one part of the results of an international survey exploring current and future nursing informatics (NI) research trends. The study was conducted by the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group (IMIA-NISIG) Student Working Group. Based on findings from this cross-sectional study, we identified future NI research priorities. We used snowball sampling technique to reach respondents from academia and practice. Data were collected between August and September 2015. Altogether, 373 responses from 44 countries were analyzed. The identified top ten NI trends were big data science, standardized terminologies (clinical evaluation/implementation), education and competencies, clinical decision support, mobile health, usability, patient safety, data exchange and interoperability, patient engagement, and clinical quality measures. Acknowledging these research priorities can enhance successful future development of NI to better support clinicians and promote health internationally.

MeSH terms

  • Datasets as Topic / trends*
  • Forecasting*
  • Health Priorities / trends*
  • Health Services Research / trends*
  • Internationality
  • Nursing Informatics / trends*
  • Nursing Research / trends*