Date of Graduation
College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
Athletic Coaching Education
Andrea R Taliaferro
Sean M Bulger
Emily M Jones
Gary J Lhotsky
Background: The World Health Organization's Global Drowning Report (2014) listed action steps to reduce drowning globally, with the last action step highlighting the need to address priority research with well-designed studies. While drowning injury and fatality rates remain largely unchanged in recent years in the United States, existing research has not developed a supportive foundation to identify priority research questions.;Purpose: The purpose of this study was to conduct a 3-round Delphi procedure to determine and prioritize future research questions associated with drowning prevention education in the United States.;Design & Methodology: This research employed a 3-round Delphi procedure to (1) survey experts to brainstorm research questions needing to be addressed in the US and (2) seek a consensus on the rating of importance of each research question. Following consensus building, a qualitative cluster analysis was completed to highlight related themes among research questions.;Results: The results of the Delphi brainstorming resulted in 251 responses from 74 participants. After a qualitative content analysis, 101 research questioned emerged. Each research question was then rated by participants on a 7-point Likert scale of importance. Results of the Delphi reveled 9 priority (?6) research questions and 75 moderately important (?5) research questions. A qualitative cluster analysis revealed six distinct categories: (1) Education and Programming Effectiveness, (2) Lifeguard Protocols and Victim Recognition, (3) Aquatic Policy and Safety, (4) Surveillance Data, (5) Communication and Public Awareness, and (6) Socio-Cultural and Demographic Factors..;Conclusion: Results of this study give an in-depth analysis of priority research questions while providing framework for impactful future research studies and educational programming endeavors.
Katchmarchi, Adam Bradley, "A Delphi on Drowning Prevention Education Research" (2017). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 5941.