Questions, Methods and Choices
Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley
Chapter 10: The crossover artist: consensus methods in health research
In this chapter, consensus development techniques are presented as a research method in the field of health and medicine. The rationale and epistemological underpinnings of consensus techniques are explained, their general principles and central methodological features are highlighted, and the two most commonly used are presented in more detail: the Delphi technique and the nominal group technique. The chapter concludes with a decision aid concerning the choice of a particular technique, and top tips for conducting studies using consensus development methods.
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