The Oncology Nursing Society Rapid Review and Research Priorities for Cancer Care in the Context of COVID-19

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2021 Mar 1;48(2):131-145. doi: 10.1188/21.ONF.131-145.


Objectives: To identify research priorities addressing COVID-19 that build on the 2019-2022 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Research Agenda, in alignment with ONS's mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.

Methods & variables: Priority areas were identified using a multistep approach combining rapid review of the literature; consultation with experts/stakeholders; and review of priorities from other funding agencies, public health, and cancer-focused organizations.

Results: The rapid research response team identified five priority areas for research related to COVID-19.

Implications for nursing: Oncology nurses are well positioned to address the research priorities and cross-cutting themes identified through this review. The use of innovative methodologic approaches and attention to disparities are necessary to advance cancer care related to COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; disparities; nursing; oncology; research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Nursing Research*
  • Oncology Nursing*
  • Societies, Nursing*