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J Adv Nurs. 2003 Feb;41(4):376-82.

The Delphi technique: myths and realities.

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Lecturer in Child Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. cp6@soton.ac.uk

Abstract

AIMS:

To outline the key concepts and principles of the Delphi technique.

METHODS:

Reference is made to a selection of studies that illustrate a variety of methodological interpretations. Drawing on Heshusius's concept of 'goodness criteria', particular emphasis is given to the question of scientific merit and means of evaluation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the technique should be used with caution, it appears to be an established method of harnessing the opinions of an often diverse group of experts on practice-related problems.

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