Using the consensus development conference method in healthcare research

Nurse Res. 2008;16(1):56-71. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.


Consensus methods are increasingly being used in healthcare research, particularly for formulating policy and strategic directions. This paper by Elizabeth Halcomb, Patricia Davidson and Laura Hardaker discusses the issues central to the planning and conduct of the consensus development conference, and offers practical recommendations to researchers intending to use this approach.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Audit
  • Consensus Development Conferences as Topic*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Delphi Technique
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research / methods*
  • Health Services Research / standards
  • Humans
  • Management Audit
  • Planning Techniques
  • Policy Making
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Professional Role
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design*