Giving voice to rural communities' mental health needs through the Delphi method

Steve F. Bain, Renee Weiss, Sarah-Anne Munoz

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The Delphi method is a structured method for decision-making, which is usually carried out by surveying a panel of experts (Skulmoski et al., 2007). However, a modified version of the Delphi method can also be used in an in-person, small group context which is considered in this article. Utilization of the Delphi method as dependable research tool has extensive studies that testify to
its veracity. This is especially true when used to seek an opinion as well as develop some level of consensus among a specific and targeted group of individuals who form an expert panel. In a pilot study conducted in South Texas, we reconceptualized rural community members as experts in their own mental health needs and utilized a modified, in person Delphi method with them.
This is a novel contribution to the literature as Delphi has not previous been used in this way or with this conceptualization. This article will review the unique byproduct of the Delphi method that encourages, enhances, and provides voice for those rural/remote communities addressing community needs and solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalNational Forum Journal of Counseling and Addiction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


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