We are using a modified Delphi approach to help us reach consensus.
In June 2017, registered conference attendees were invited to answer 7 open-ended questions about handoff processes, research, metrics, implementation, education/training, and patient engagement.
During July and early August, the conference planning committee collated and coded these responses, generating more than 90 statements that will serve as the basis for our consensus discussions.
In late August, conference attendees received a subset of these statements, and were asked to rate their agreement with these statements. The results from this process were shared at the September meeting.
Using our threshold of 75%, we reached consensus on more than 50 statements related to handoffs in perioperative care! The conference planning team, facilitators, and scribes, are writing up the results of this conference for eventual publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Overall process elements
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