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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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GARCIA VALDES, Margarita  y  SUAREZ MARIN, Mario. Delphi method for the expert consultation in the scientific research. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.2, pp.253-267. ISSN 0864-3466.

Objective: to systematize the tasks and program actions of Delphi methods in phases to reach consensus in expert consultation, and to provide the Cuban researchers with adequate information for using it. Data source: search of the term "Delphi" in titles and abstracts published from 2007 to 2012 by using Medline, Pubmed and ScieloCuba data bases. Additionally, cited articles and documents, previously published in Hinari and Ebsco, were consulted or were directly accessed through their e-mail addresses. This included reviews, research studies, organization's documents and book chapters. Results: some conceptual precisions were presented together with the description of the Delphi method in terms of origin, peculiarities, advantages and use in research, emphasizing its use in the health care field. The systematization of the procedure to use Delphi method was submitted in this paper, in which nine tasks organized in the preparatory, the consultation, and the consensus phases were included. Conclusions: since the Delphi method is a qualitative research procedure, it is required to explain in detail the whole process when publishing studies that use it. The tasks and the actions herein stated can be used as parameters to make the methodological analysis of research studies with this method, and they represent a guideline for drafting the final report and for the publication as such.

Palabras clave : Delphi; method; stages; consensus; expert.

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