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Research Seminar - Reflections on including a service user expert panel within a Delphi study

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Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Research Seminar - Reflections on including a service user expert panel within a Delphi study

This seminar will explore the opportunities and challenges that arose from using a service user expert panel to conduct a Delphi study. 

The Delphi technique was employed to generate and select items for a new outcome measurement tool designed for use by Speech and Language Therapists working in an acute hospital setting with dysphagic infants and children.

The Delhi technique has been used extensively in healthcare research (Keeney, Hasson and McKenna, 2011).  Brunner and Ravelli (2009) advocate use of this method early in the outcome tool development process, arguing that it supports creativity.  The technique employs an 'expert' panel from which a consensus opinion is established.

Researchers employ individuals with known 'expert' level knowledge from the area that is being studied.  While the definition of 'expert' affords discussion, typically researchers identify professionals as panel members. However, as highlighted by Sinha and colleagues (2011), it is of vital importance to include the views of service users as well as clinicians when considering outcomes and thus outcome tool development must involve service users.

As such this study was conducted with two parallel panels, one consisting of Speech and Language Therapists, the other consisting of parents.  This seminar will include discussion around recruitment issues, logistical considerations, the challenges of establishing a shared 'language' and a reflection on the suitability of this technique for use with non-professional experts.

This is a lunchtime seminar so please feel free to bring your lunch with you.

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Presented by: Alex Stewart, MRes student and Dr Ann Ooms, Senior Lecturer

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm (tea/coffee to be served from 12.45pm)
Venue: Room G2.5, Level 2, Grosvenor Wing, SGUL

For information and bookings contact: E: by Monday 24 June