Sharkey, S. and Sharples, A., 2001. An approach to consensus building using the Delphi technique: developing a learning resource in mental health. Nurse Education Today, 21 (5), pp. 398-408.
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Health service research is best served through the collaboration of researchers and practitioners. This study utilizes a multi-method approach in developing a learning resource in clinical risk management in mental health. Phase one of the project is reported here; using a Delphi Technique to build the learning resource. Using the Delphi enabled a group of ‘experts’ to explore a complex issue and move towards consensus. In addition, the Delphi technique enabled the researchers to repeatedly access a dispersed group of ‘experts’ in an economic way. A three round Delphi was undertaken and results were analyzed (medians, means, standard deviations and thematic content analysis) to facilitate consensus building from a range of perspectives. The analytical model chosen is discussed in the context of prior use of the Delphi as a consensus building technique. The researchers conclude that analysis using medians and means to measure the level of agreement/disagreement with the content and structure of the learning pack, standard deviations to measure ‘tightening’ of the group view and Thematic Content Analysis of qualitative data was an effective approach. They argue that in the education and health fields, group views are particularly important and that this is a central tenet of the Delphi.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Health service research, learning resource, clinical risk management, mental health, Delphi technique|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||02 Jun 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:40|
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