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

MacInnes, D. L., Flanagan, T., Ashmore, R. and Banks, 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, 21 (2). pp. 85-94. ISSN 1361-9322.

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Abstract

Purpose – The paper describes 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.

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barriers to publication; Modified Delphi method; research; mental health nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Nursing
Depositing User: Dr Douglas MacInnes
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2017 18:41
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14619

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