A modified Delphi method to create a scoring system for assessing team performance during maternal cardiopulmonary arrest

Hypertens Pregnancy. 2015;34(3):314-31. doi: 10.3109/10641955.2015.1033926. Epub 2015 May 8.


Background: Maternal cardiopulmonary arrest is a rare but often fatal emergency. The authors used a modified Delphi method to create a checklist of tasks for practitioners.

Methods: Within each round, experts ranked tasks on a scale from zero through five. Consensus was defined a priori as 80% exact agreement.

Results: Three rounds were required to achieve consensus resulting in a checklist of 45 tasks. Round One results revealed five tasks, Round Two included 25 tasks, and Round Three resulted in 29 tasks with 80% exact agreement.

Conclusions: The modified Delphi method resulted in a weighted scoring system that can be used to objectively assess team performance.

Keywords: Maternal morbidity and mortality; pregnancy; resuscitation..

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique
  • Female
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Pregnancy