Non-quantitative techniques in health research.

26 Apr

Non-quantitative methods such as consensus methods take a good place beside or in complement of quantitative statistical methods such as meta-analysis when you are searching informations facing a situation of absence of information or overload of contradictory information.

The two consensus methods presented in the paper below are first  the Delphi Process (from the Delphic oracle who interpreted events in antiquity) and second the nominal group technique (composed with a panel of experts):

http://www.bmj.com/content/311/7001/376.extract

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