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Developing a methodological framework for organisational case studies: a rapid review and consensus development process

Rodgers, Mark, Thomas, Sian, Harden, Melissa, Parker, Gillian, Street, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-2540-0364 and Eastwood, Alison (2016) Developing a methodological framework for organisational case studies: a rapid review and consensus development process. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4 (1). ISSN 2050-4349

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Identification Number: 10.3310/hsdr04010


Background Organisational case study proposals can be poorly articulated and methodologically weak, raising the possible need for publication standards in this area. Objectives To develop reporting standards for organisational case study research, with particular application to the UK National Health Service. Design Rapid evidence synthesis and Delphi consensus process. Data sources Relevant case studies and methods texts were identified through searches of library catalogues, key text and author searches, focused searching of health and social science databases and some targeted website searching. Review methods The reporting standards were developed in three stages: (1) a rapid review of the existing literature to identify items; (2) a modified Delphi consensus process to develop and refine content and structure; and (3) application of the high-consensus Delphi items to two samples of organisational case studies to assess their feasibility as reporting standards. Items for the Delphi consultation were identified from published organisational case studies and related methodological texts. Identified items were sent to a Delphi expert panel for rating over two rounds. Participants were also asked whether or not the provisional framework in which items were presented was appropriate, and were given the opportunity to adapt this alongside the content. In both rounds, the high-consensus threshold was set at 70% agreement among respondents for each item. High-consensus items from the Delphi consultation were then applied to previously identified case study publications to determine their relevance to the reporting of real-world organisational case studies and to better understand how the results of the Delphi consultation might best be implemented as a reporting standard.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 12:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:39
Funders: NIHR HSDR

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