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J Adv Nurs. 1987 Nov;12(6):729-34.

The Delphi technique: a critique.

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North West Thames Regional Health Authority, King's College London.


The development of the Delphi technique, as a survey method of research, and examples of its use are described. The technique's key characteristics, anonymity, use of experts and controlled feedback, are examined. The method's usefulness in structuring group communication for the discussion of specific issues and as an aid to policy making is discussed in the light of the technique's perceived drawbacks and limitations.

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