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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2012, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (3): 264-270.doi: 10.3736/jcim20120304

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Application of Delphi method in traditional Chinese medicine clinical research

Ying-fei Bi1,2, Jing-yuan Mao2,3()   

  1. 1. Graduate School, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
    2. National Clinical Research Base of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Coronary Heart Diseases, Tianjin 300193, China
    3. Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin 300193, China
  • Received:2011-09-14 Accepted:2011-10-10 Online:2012-03-20 Published:2018-04-15

In recent years, Delphi method has been widely applied in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) clinical research. This article analyzed the present application situation of Delphi method in TCM clinical research, and discussed some problems presented in the choice of evaluation method, classification of observation indexes and selection of survey items. On the basis of present application of Delphi method, the author analyzed the method on questionnaire making, selection of experts, evaluation of observation indexes and selection of survey items. Furthermore, the author summarized the steps of application of Delphi method in TCM clinical research.

Key words: Delphi technique, data collection, research methods, traditional Chinese medicine

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