How To Conduct a Delphi Study

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Author (s): Supachai Chuenjitwongsa

Delphi is a research survey technique used as a way of collecting data from respondents within their domain of expertise.  Its aim is to deal with divergent opinions or controversial issues to achieve consensus concerning real-world knowledge on a certain topic.  In the field of medical education, it has been used extensively to research topics such as curriculum and clinical procedure development (Tonni and Oliver 2013; Meshkat et al. 2014).  Despite some variations in the way Delphi is applied, there is an overall agreement as to its distinct features (Iqbal and Pipon-Young 2009).  This article provides health professional educators and practitioners an overview of the Delphi method focusing on how it is conducted and issues that need consideration when employing this method in practice.

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