I recently gave a presentation to doctors of the Hospital de Los Valles, Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Ecuador about Delphi panels and I thought I’d translate it into a blog post to keep a trace, but also because I am sure some have asked themselves the question. Indeed, many have encountered the term “Delphi” without really digging into what it means. This post aims to be brief and straight to the point and answer the following questions:
– What is a Delphi panel?
– What are Delphi panels applications in health?
– What is the position of Delphi panels within health evidence?
Several times, prospective PhD students have asked my opinion about whether they should start a PhD or not. I’d like to share one aspect – among many other – which supports commitment into a PHD: improved productivity.
Why am I writing a PhD? Throughout my now fairly long life as a PhD candidate (I am now five and a half years into it), I gave the answers I thought best: it teaches me to be responsible of a large scale project all by myself, I learn how to use new research methods and, among many other reasons, I learn about how I function as a human being – Oh, and I contribute to research, I was going to forget that one!
While they are true, these responses only answers part of the question. Why do I write a PhD? Not the part about motivations, but rather the so what part.
Here is something about me – about most of us: I procrastinate, i.e. I postpone to tomorrow what could be done today. And since primary school, we are taught that procrastination is evil. Just look up online the thousand pseudo solutions to fight procrastination.