Research Agenda - NAPNAP

Research Agenda

In December 2005, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Executive Board approved the development of a NAPNAP Research Agenda. A task force was appointed and charged with creating a mechanism to determine the priorities for a research agenda and the process to create one. Our research committee is currently in the process of revising the research agenda and hopes to release the 2020-2025 Research Agenda in the next few months. 

Our goal in developing this research agenda is to identify gaps in evidence for practice, thus providing direction for research activities to NAPNAP, as well as other organizations, and to facilitate the work of individual scientists who address these gaps. Read more about the research agenda’s development process and its revision process 

Download a copy of  The National Association of Nurse Practitioners Research Agenda. 

NAPNAP Research Agenda 2014-2019: Priorities for Evidence in Practice 

Under revision in 2021

The mission of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is to empower pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and their healthcare partners to enhance child and family health through practice, leadership, advocacy, education and research. Central to this mission is delineating the evidence for practice. NAPNAP’s goal in developing this Research Agenda is to identify gaps in evidence for practice, thus providing direction for research activities to NAPNAP, as well as other organizations, and to facilitate the work of interdisciplinary groups and individual scientists who address these gaps. These gaps may include missing, inconclusive or contradictory evidence. Areas of clinical focus for this Research Agenda reflect the work of NAPNAP’s members—primarily pediatric nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, school nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, educators and researchers providing primary, acute and specialty care for pediatric populations. This agenda informs the membership and nurse scientists regarding NAPNAP’s child health research priorities. The agenda can also give direction to multiple NAPNAP organizational constituents such as the NAPNAP Executive Board, regional chapters and affiliated groups (e.g., NAPNAP Foundation and the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners [AFPNP]) for prioritizing research-related activities. This agenda was developed through a process that included the survey of members about the use and relevance of existing Research Agenda priorities and exemplars. Revised statements based on this feedback were distributed to members via an online survey. The revised Research Agenda consists of broad clinical and professional priorities to address the needs and research interests of members. 

Clinical Priorities

I. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This priority area includes studies that address developing and testing new screening strategies, measuring outcomes related to education and anticipatory guidance, and studying interventions to enhance adoption of and adherence to health promotion and disease prevention practices, including those related to mental health, obesity, and health literacy.

II. Self-management of Acute and Chronic Conditions

This priority area includes studies that address self-management of acute and chronic conditions for infants, children, and adolescents individually and in the context of their families, healthcare settings and team based care, schools, and communities. 

III. Mental Health for Children and Families 

This priority area includes studies that address developmental, behavioral, cognitive, emotional and psychosocial challenges including the effects of stress experienced by infants, children, and adolescents individually and in the context of their families, healthcare settings, schools and communities.

IV. Safety

This priority area includes studies that address child and family safety in home, community, and health care settings including the studies focused on injuries, infections, maltreatment, or violence and environmental or system issues that affect safety of care delivered in pediatric settings.

V. Children and Families Dealing with Acute or Critical Health Issues

This priority area includes studies that address assessment and management including complementary and alternative therapies of children experiencing acute or critical health issues due to an acute event or illness or chronic illness as well as issues that arise in transitions in care.

VI. Obesity

This priority area includes studies that address increased understanding of factors that increase the risk of childhood obesity as well as strategies to reduce the incidence and complications associated with childhood obesity. 

Professional and System Priorities

I. Role and Practice Issues

This priority area includes studies that address the impact and related issues of the evolving APRN role, including barriers to practice and role implementation, reimbursement issues, impact of technology, and scope of practice issues as well as studies that demonstrate the value of APRN care.

II. Organizational, Systems, and Environmental Issues

This priority area includes studies that identify and test interventions aimed at eliminating health disparities affecting children and families across cultural, geographic and economic boundaries. 

III. Quality of Care 

This priority area includes studies that address safety and patient and family outcomes across a variety of care health care models and settings. 

Members of the Research Committee throughout the revision: 

Regena G. Spratling, PhD, RN, CPNP (NAPNAP Research Chair, 2013-2016) 
Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN (Research Chair, 2008-2013)
Catherine Burns, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN (NAPNAP Foundation Liaison) 
Christina Calamaro, PhD, MSN, CRNP 
Juanita Dale, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC 
Jennifer D’Auria, PhD, CPNP 
Sharron Docherty, PhD, RN, CPNP 
Catherine Goodhue, MSN, RN, CPNP 
Dolores Jones, EdD, RN, CPNP, CAE (NAPNAP Staff) 
Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, CPNP 
Tracy Magee, PhD, RN, CPNP 
Kristy Kiel Martyn, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FNP-BC
Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Mary Catherine O’Laughlen, PhD, RN, FNP-BC 
Lois Sadler, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN 
Marina Slemmons, PhD, RN, CPNP
Leigh Small, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC 
Kathleen Speer, PhD, RN, PNP-BC 
Tami Lynn Thomas, PhD, CPNP, RNC, FAANP 
Susan Van Cleve, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC (NAPNAP  Past President) 

History of NAPNAP’s Research Agenda

Research Agenda Process Task Force Members (2005-2006):

Kathy Sawin, DNS, CPNP, FAAN (Chair)
Arlene Butz. ScD, RN, CPNP
Pam Hellings, PhD, RN, CPNP
Madelyn McMurtrie, MSN, CPNP
Ric Ricciardi, PhD, NP, FAANP
JoAnn Serota (Ex-Officio)
Martha Swartz, PhD, RN, CPNP

The Task Force provided recommendations for a thorough process and a proposed timeline, which was approved by NAPNAP’s Executive Board in the fall of 2006. In December 2006 a Research Agenda Work Group was  appointed by President Patricia Clinton and began to implement the extensive process. The agenda will provide  NAPNAP members and others interested in pediatric health care with identified priority areas for research and knowledge development, providing a roadmap for ways to  improve the quality of evidence-based health care for  children and families. NAPNAP strategic plan provided the  beginning foundation for the research agenda and valuable  input from NAPNAP members at large, NAPNAP committee members, NAPNAP special interest group  members, NAPNAP Foundation board and the Association of Faculties of PNPs board members was integrated. The  research priorities address both gaps in our current  evidence and evidence needed for practice in the future.

Research Agenda Work Group (RAWG) Members (2006-2008):
Kathy Sawin, DNS, CPNP, FAAN, Coordinator
Margaret Brady, PhD, RN, CPNP
Arlene Butz, ScD, RN, CPNP
Agatha M. Gallo, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Dolores Jones, EdD, RN, CPNP, CAE
Linda Lewin, PhD, APRN, BC
Vicky Niederhauser, DrPH, APRN, PNP
Christine Schindler, MSN, CPNP
Cindy Trent, MS, CPNP, AE-C

The document was posted for public comment from April 1-30, 2008. The group that evaluated the comments and suggested the final revisions included the RAWG and the following members of the NAPNAP Research Committee: 

Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP
Juanita C. Dale, PhD, RN, CPNP
Catherine Goodhue, MSN, RN, CPNP
Tracy Magee, PhD, RN, CPNP
Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, PNP

Additional review was provided by the Chair of the NAPNAP Foundation Research Committee:

Catherine Burns, PhD, CPNP

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