Using the Delphi technique to determine which outcomes to measure in clinical trials: recommendations for the future based on a systematic review of existing studies

PLoS Med. 2011 Jan 25;8(1):e1000393. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000393.


Ian Sinha and colleagues advise that when using the Delphi process to develop core outcome sets for clinical trials, patients and clinicians be involved, researchers and facilitators avoid imposing their views on participants, and attrition of participants be minimized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Research Design
  • Surveys and Questionnaires