|Title:||The use of a modified Delphi approach to engage stakeholders in zoonotic disease research priority setting|
Dhand, Navneet K.
Toribio, J. A.
Taylor, M. R.
|Citation:||Sawford, K., Dhand, N. K., Toribio, J. A., & Taylor, M. R. (2014). The use of a modified Delphi approach to engage stakeholders in zoonotic disease research priority setting. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 182.|
|Abstract:||Background After the 2011 cluster of Hendra virus cases in horses in Australia, public health targeted education initiatives at people in the equine industry to reduce human exposure to potentially infected horses. ‘Horse owners and Hendra Virus: A Longitudinal cohort study To Evaluate Risk’ aims to enhance public health measures through improved understanding of Hendra virus risk perception and risk mitigation strategies among horse owners and horse care providers. This paper describes the stakeholder consultation that was undertaken to ensure the cohort study outcomes were relevant to diverse groups who play a role in Hendra virus policy development and implementation. Methods A two-round modified Delphi study with online questionnaires was conducted. In round one, stakeholders identified priority research areas. In round two, stakeholders rated and ranked topics that emerged from thematic analysis of the round one responses. Round two data were analysed using logistic regression. Results Of the 255 stakeholders contacted, 101 responded to round one. Over 450 topics were proposed. These were organized into 18 themes. Approximately two thirds of the round one respondents participated in round two. ‘Hendra virus-related risk awareness and perception’, ‘personal health and safety’, ‘emergency preparedness’, ‘risk prevention, mitigation, and biosecurity’, and ‘Hendra virus vaccination in horses – attitudes/uptake’ were the top five areas identified according to probability of being ranked extremely important. Conclusions In this study, a modified Delphi approach was effective in guiding research into Hendra virus, a zoonotic disease of animal and human health significance. The findings support the notion that stakeholders should be engaged in zoonotic disease research priority setting. Such consultation will help to ensure that research initiatives are relevant and useful to stakeholders in the position to make use of new findings. Keywords Delphi method Stakeholder engagement Zoonotic disease Hendra virus Public health Thematic analysis|
|Description:||Electronic supplementary material [Round one questionnaire – the first questionnaire distributed to all stakeholders identified during sampling.(PDF 225 KB) and Round two questionnaire – the second questionnaire distributed to those stakeholders who completed the round one questionnaire.(PDF 266 KB)] and the authors’ original submitted files for images can be freely accessed via http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-14-182#Declarations.|
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|Type of Work:||Article|
|Type of Publication:||Publisher version|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Veterinary Science|
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