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Profiting from Consensus Methods in Occupational Therapy: Using a Delphi Study to Achieve Consensus on Multiprofessional Discharge Planning

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In occupational therapy, there is much debate regarding many aspects of practice. In order to make effective decisions in situations where there is contradictory or insufficient information, it is important to reach a consensus decision. The Delphi technique is a survey method of research, which aims to gain consensus among a panel of experts using repeated rounds of a questionnaire.

This article is based on the first author's experience of using a Delphi survey as part of an action research project, located in a large acute National Health Service trust. This project aimed to analyse and improve multidisciplinary teamwork in discharge planning. The aim of the article is to focus on the Delphi technique as a methodological approach and, to illustrate this, examples are used from the research study. However, before using the Delphi technique, occupational therapists must understand the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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