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

Susan Humphrey-Murto*, Lara Varpio, Carol Gonsalves, Timothy J. Wood

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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