Using consensus to build clinical practice and clinical research capacity

April 01, 2022


Dr. Jackie Whittaker, Associate Professor, UBC and Research Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada

Consensus statements can provide guidance when there is no evidence, and organize subjective judgements based on a wide range of knowledge and experience while stimulating constructive debate. This presentation will briefly discuss consensus methodology and then provide an example of how the approach has been used to build clinical practice and clinical research capacity and identify priority knowledge gaps in relation to reducing the burden of post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what a consensus exercise is and its purpose.
  • Outline key steps in a consensus exercise.
  • Compare and contrast four types of consensus methods.
  • Describe the OPTIKNEE consensus.


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