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Med Teach. 2017 Jan;39(1):14-19. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1245856. Epub 2016 Nov 12.

Using consensus group methods such as Delphi and Nominal Group in medical education research.

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a Division of Rheumatology , University of Ottawa , Ottawa , Canada.
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b School of Medicine , Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences , Bethesda , MD , USA.

Abstract

Consensus group methods are widely used in research to identify and measure areas where incomplete evidence exists for decision-making. Despite their widespread use, these methods are often inconsistently used and reported. Using examples from the three most commonly used methods, the Delphi, Nominal Group and RAND/UCLA; this paper and associated Guide aim to describe these methods and to highlight common weaknesses in methodology and reporting. The paper outlines a series of recommendations to assist researchers using consensus group methods in providing a comprehensive description and justification of the steps taken in their study.

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27841062
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10.1080/0142159X.2017.1245856
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