Top priorities for the next decade of nursing health services research

Catherine Crawford Cohen, Hilary Barnes, Peter I. Buerhaus, Grant R. Martsolf, Sean P. Clarke, Karen Donelan, Heather L. Tubbs-Cooley

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Background: The U.S. health care system faces increasing pressures for reform. The importance of nurses in addressing health care delivery challenges cannot be overstated. Purpose: To present a Nursing Health Services Research (NHSR) agenda for the 2020s. Method: A meeting of an interdisciplinary group of 38 health services researchers to discuss five key challenges facing health care delivery (behavioral health, primary care, maternal/neonatal outcomes, the aging population, health care spending) and identify the most pressing and feasible research questions for NHSR in the coming decade. Findings: Guided by a list of inputs affecting health care delivery (health information technology, workforce, delivery systems, payment, social determinants of health), meeting participants identified 5 to 6 research questions for each challenge. Also, eight cross-cutting themes illuminating the opportunities and barriers facing NHSR emerged. Discussion: The Agenda can act as a foundation for new NHSR – which is more important than ever – in the 2020s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021


  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health services research
  • Nursing services
  • Quality of Health Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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