Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research
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Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research

Questions, Methods and Choices

Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley

This Handbook expertly instructs the reader on how to conduct applied health research across a number of disciplines. Particularly aimed at postgraduate health researchers and students of applied health research, it presents and explains a wide range of research designs and other contemporary issues in applied health research.
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Chapter 10: The crossover artist: consensus methods in health research

Saskia Jünger and Sheila Payne

Abstract

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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