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The Delphi method: methodological issues arising from a study examining factors influencing the publication or non-publication of mental health nursing research

Tracy Flanagan (Humber Mental Health NHS Teaching Trust, Hull, UK)
Russell Ashmore (Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
David Banks (Department of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK)
Doug MacInnes (School of Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 13 June 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe how the classic Delphi method can be adapted and structured to ensure that specific research questions are clearly addressed.

Design/methodology/approach

As part of a larger mixed method project, a modified Delphi study was undertaken to explore factors influencing publication and non-publication of mental health nursing research.

Findings

This paper reports brief findings from the Delphi study. However, its main focus is the methodological issues arising from the Delphi method.

Research limitations/implications

The paper argues that the classic Delphi method can be adapted and structured to ensure that specific research questions are able to be clearly answered. The adaptations are pragmatic in approach and in keeping with the general principles underpinning the Delphi method, while successfully addressing the problems of attrition and previous criticism of homogenous panels.

Originality/value

This paper offers some practical solutions to issue arising from undertaking research using the Delphi method.

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Citation

Flanagan, T., Ashmore, R., Banks, D. and MacInnes, D. (2016), "The Delphi method: methodological issues arising from a study examining factors influencing the publication or non-publication of mental health nursing research", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 85-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-07-2015-0020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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