CORRInsights®: Moving Forward Through Consensus: A Modified Delphi Approach to Determine the Top Research Priorities in Orthopaedic Oncology

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Orthopaedic researchers have used the Delphi method to develop metrics for measuring outcomes [1, 3, 4, 12], for guidance in orthopaedic education [7, 9, 13], and other less prevalent purposes such as evaluating triggers to identify adverse events and to compare patient and physician perceptions of treatment [5, 8, 14, 16]. Delphi panels engage experts through a series of questionnaires with the goal of developing consensus treatment recommendations where Level-1 data are lacking [2, 6, 10, 15, 17, 18].
In the study by Ghert and colleagues, the authors use a relatively novel [11], modified Delphi approach as a means to prioritize research questions for future prospective clinical studies in orthopaedic oncology. Orthopaedic oncology is a small subspecialty with relatively limited resources. In order to advance the field effectively, efforts like those shared by the authors of the current study seem important, as they can help coordinate and consolidate research efforts across the subspecialty.
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