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Gazing into the Oracle : The Delphi Method and its Application to Social Policy and Public Health - Michael Adler

Gazing into the Oracle

The Delphi Method and its Application to Social Policy and Public Health

By: Michael Adler (Editor), Erio Ziglio (Editor)


Published: 1st February 1996
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The Delphi Method is an exercise in group communication. It is intended to enhance informed decision-making by enabling decision makers to plan based on a wide reservoir of knowledge, experience and expertise in a systematic manner. The book is divided into two parts: Part 1 contains chapters on theoretical, methodological and practical issues - inclusing computerisation - which are raised by the Delphi Method while Part 2 consists of a series of case studies which illustrate the application fo the Delphi Method to a range of problems in social policy and public health. The case studies show how the Delphi Method has been used to study furture trends in mental health and mental health care, services for the elderly, accidents, family planning services, the implications of advances in biomedical and behavioural research and the administration of social security.

...provides some valuable insights...This book is helpfully divided into two sections addressing, first, the theory and methods and, second, practical applications. -- The Health Service Journal

The Delphi Method and its Contribution to Decision-Makingp. 3
Theoretical, Methodological and Practical Issues Arising out of the Delphi Methodp. 34
Computer-Based Delphi Processesp. 56
A Comprehensive Study of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Advances in Biochemical and Behavioural Research and Technologyp. 89
The Use of the Delphi Method in Construing Scenarios on the Future of Mental Health and Mental Health Carep. 133
Delphi Techniques and the Planning of Social Services: The Prevention of Dependency Among the Oldp. 156
Alternative Approaches to the Computerisation of Social Security: Reflections on a Delphi Exercisep. 176
The Use of the Delphi Method in Forecasting Accidents in the Year 2000p. 193
Delphi Estimates on Clients' Perceptions of Family Planning Servicesp. 213
Concluding Remarksp. 240
List of Contributorsp. 243
Subject Indexp. 245
Author Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781853021046
ISBN-10: 1853021040
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st February 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35