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Research guidelines for the Delphi survey technique

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Hasson, Felicity, Keeney, Sinead and McKenna, Hugh (2000) Research guidelines for the Delphi survey technique. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32 (4). pp. 1008-1015. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2000.01567.x

Abstract

Consensus methods such as the Delphi survey technique are being employed to help enhance effective decision-making in health and social care. The Delphi survey is a group facilitation technique, which is an iterative multistage process, designed to transform opinion into group consensus. It is a flexible approach, that is used commonly within the health and social sciences, yet little guidance exists to help researchers undertake this method of data collection. This paper aims to provide an understanding of the preparation, action steps and difficulties that are inherent within the Delphi. Used systematically and rigorously, the Delphi can contribute significantly to broadening knowledge within the nursing profession. However, careful thought must be given before using the method; there are key issues surrounding problem identification, researcher skills and data presentation that must be addressed. The paper does not claim to be definitive; it purports to act as a guide for those researchers who wish to exploit the Delphi methodology.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Education and Professional Issues Research Group
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:6596
Deposited By:Miss Felicity Hasson
Deposited On:20 Jan 2010 20:22
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 11:51

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