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Update to 2019-2022 ONS Research Agenda: Rapid Review to Address Structural Racism and Health Inequities

Randy A. Jones
Rachel Hirschey
Grace Campbell
Mary E. Cooley
Robin M. Lally
Darryl Somayaji
Erik K. Rueter
Mary Magee Gullatte
ONF 2021, 1-12 DOI:

Purpose: The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) formed a team to develop a necessary expansion of the 2019–2022 ONS Research Agenda, with a focus on racism and cancer care disparities.

Methods: A multimethod consensus-building approach was used to develop and refine the research priorities. A panel of oncology nurse scientists and equity scholars with expertise in health disparities conducted a rapid review of the literature, consulted with experts and oncology nurses, and reviewed priorities from funding agencies.

Results: Critical gaps in the literature were identified and used to develop priority areas for oncology nursing research, practice, and workforce development.

Synthesis: This is the first article in a two-part series that discusses structural racism and health inequities within oncology nursing. In this article, three priority areas for oncology nursing research are presented; in the second article, strategies to improve cancer disparities and equity and diversity in the oncology workforce are described.

Implications for Research: Research priorities are presented to inform future research that will provide methods and tools to increase health equity and reduce structural racism in oncology nursing practice, research, education, policy, and advocacy.