Integrating Delphi Consensus Consultation and Community- Based Participatory Research
Delphi consensus consultation methods and community-based participatory research (CBPR) are distinct approaches that have traditionally been employed separately. This paper explores the integration of Delphi methods with CBPR in a research project that sought to identify effective self-management strategies for bipolar disorder (BD). We introduce our Canadian-based network which specializes in CBPR in BD, and outline the key principles of CBPR approaches. Delphi consensus consultation methods are described and we present the five phases of our Delphi consensus consultation project, conducted within a CBPR framework. Examples of how each project phase incorporated the principles of CBPR are provided, as are personal reflections of community members involved in the project, and broader reflections on challenges commonly encountered in CBPR projects.
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