n Medical Technology SA - The Delphi technique as a tool to evaluate a concept CPD framework to be implemented by medical technologists in South Africa




A concept CPD framework, to be implemented by medical technology workers, was compiled and needed to be evaluated by professionals. The aim of this survey was to use the Delphi technique as a research tool to evaluate the concept CPD framework by a widely distributed group of medical technology workers.

The Delphi technique is a research tool organizing group communication in gaining consensus among a panel of experts. A monitoring team co-ordinated and evaluated the Delphi process in response to the feedback received by a panel of experts. Panellists are selected for their contribution to the topic under investigation. They do not normally interact with one another during the Delphi rounds.
Fifteen panellists, distributed throughout South Africa, participated. The panellists were knowledgeable about medical technology and CPD. During the three Delphi rounds, statements were added, moderated, rephrased and rated. This resulted in a final CPD framework that consisted of 71 statements, completed within the three month scheduled time frame and with a very high percentage co-operation of the panellists. The Delphi technique was found to be an ideal tool for evaluating the concept CPD framework among a widely distributed group of medical technology workers.


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