ADAPTE with modified Delphi supported developing a National Clinical Guideline: stratification of clinical risk in pregnancy
Objectives: Adaptation has been proposed as an alternative to de novo development to take advantage of existing clinical guidelines (guidelines) and reduce duplication. We describe the process of incorporating a modified Delphi method to reach formal consensus and inform locally relevant clinical recommendations during the development, through the ADAPTE process, of the Irish National Clinical Guideline No. 23 Stratification of Clinical Risk in Pregnancy.
Methods: A systematic search of guideline repositories, websites, and bibliographic databases was conducted. Quality appraisal was undertaken using AGREE II. Risk factors indicating the need for additional care were identified and extracted from high-quality guidelines. A three-round modified Delphi panel comprising healthcare stakeholders, was convened to agree and tailor risk factors.
Results: Of seven relevant international guidelines identified, three were considered high quality and contained a combined 59 risk factors potentially suitable for adaptation. Following the three-round Delphi process, 49 risk factors were included in the final guideline. Excluded risk factors were generally considered to be too broad to be useful for the Irish context.
Conclusion: We believe that a formal consensus technique included within the ADAPTE process increased the rigor and transparency of this process and ensured the inclusion of more locally relevant risk factors.
Health Research Board under grant no. HRB-CICER-2016-1871
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Published CitationClyne B. et al. ADAPTE with modified Delphi supported developing a National Clinical Guideline: stratification of clinical risk in pregnancy. J Clin Epidemiol. 2022;147:21-31
Publication Date17 March 2022
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