PHM Focus

Schedule at a Glance

The Delphi Method  Achieving "True" Consensus in Groups

Primary Leader:
Ricardo Quinonez

Crystal Davenport
Brent Mothner

Objective 1:
1. Obtain the tools necessary to lead a Delphi panel

Objective 2:
2. Identify instances where the Delphi technique can be utilized effectively

Objective 3:
3. Apply the Delphi technique to a real-world problem

The Delphi Technigue Achieving True Consensus Many hospitalist lead groups at their institutions including committees, divisions, or guideline committees. Achieving consensus on decisions that need to be made can sometimes be difficult. In workgroups, conversations can often be dominated by one person or a few people in a group. The Delphi techniques attempts to overcome this issue by providing structured communication in a group setting. This interactive workshop will provide a tool for hospital medicine leaders to achieve truer consensus. The Delphi technigue, an accepted and time-tested technique, will be presented and applied to a real-world problem. Delphi is based on the principle that forecasts (or decisions) from a structured group of individuals are more accurate than those from unstructured groups. Examples of this technique that have been used on national and local groups will be presented.