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Use of a Delphi panel to establish consensus for recommended uses of selected balance assessment approaches.
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PMID:  20658922     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The Delphi survey is a useful mechanism to make recommendations for clinical judgments in the absence of practice guidelines for evidence-based decision making. Although there is a great deal of literature about the topic of various methods of balance assessment, decisions about application of research evidence for clinical practice may be subject to personal interpretation and/or biases of the reader. In this study, a panel of informed experts was used through a Delphi process to establish consensus regarding the recommended use of selected balance assessment methods based on the literature. Selective recruitment of experienced faculty members with advanced degrees and/or specialist certification in the content area identified seven knowledgeable informants. The panel participated in three rounds of discussion to develop a consensus-based summary of the recommended use of balance assessment methods commonly used in clinical practice and suggest how those measures fit within the framework of the Patient/Client Management Model of physical therapy practice. The outcomes of the Delphi process form a basis for recommended practice in the examination of patients with balance deficits and serve as a starting point in the development of evidence-based practice guidelines.
Patricia Q McGinnis; Susan F Wainwright; Laurita M Hack; Kim Nixon-Cave; Susan Michlovitz
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy theory and practice     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1532-5040     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiother Theory Pract     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
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Created Date:  2010-07-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015520     Medline TA:  Physiother Theory Pract     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  358-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey 08240, USA.
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