The Delphi technique

Nurs Stand. 1999;13(45):32-6. doi: 10.7748/ns1999.


The Delphi survey technique has merit in both qualitative and quantitative research, but fewer researchers are using it. This article reviews the Delphi technique and its use in nursing, medical and allied health literature between 1981 and 1998. The strengths and weaknesses of the technique are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bias
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research / methods*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design*