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The 2014–2018 Oncology Nursing Society Research Agenda

M. Tish Knobf
Mary E. Cooley
Sonia Duffy
Ardith Doorenbos
Linda Eaton
Barbara Given
Deborah K. Mayer
Ruth McCorkle
Christine Miaskowski
Sandra Mitchell
Paula Sherwood
Catherine Bender
Janine Cataldo
Denise Hershey
Maria Katapodi
Usha Menon
Karen Schumacher
Virginia Sun
Diane Von Ah
Geri LoBiondo-Wood
Gail Mallory
ONF 2015, 42(5), 450-465 DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.450-465

Purpose/Objectives: To identify priority areas of research for the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Research Agenda for 2014–2018, consistent with ONS’s mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.

Data Sources: Review of the literature, 2013 ONS Research Priorities Survey, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Cancer Institute research foci.

Data Synthesis: Multimethod consensus-building approach by content leaders and content experts of the ONS Research Agenda Project Team.

Conclusions: The 2014–2018 Research Agenda Project Team identified eight high-priority research areas: symptoms, late effects of cancer treatment and survivorship care, palliative and end-of-life care, self-management, aging, family and caregivers, improving healthcare systems, and risk reduction. In addition, four cross-cutting themes were identified: biomarkers, bioinformatics, comparative effectiveness research, and dissemination and implementation science.

Implications for Nursing: The Research Agenda is a synthesis of the state of the science in cancer and identifies gaps and directions for the conduct and dissemination of research. Oncology nurses can use the agenda to inform clinical practice, develop research proposals, inform policy makers, support interdisciplinary research efforts, and promote scientist and clinician collaborations in targeted patient-centered research.

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