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An eDelphi survey to identify and prioritize EBP and EBM research concepts or topics to illustrate

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Description: Abstract Introduction Evidence based practice (EBP) and evidence based medicine (EBM) key concepts remain poorly known among both health professionals and the general public. This has led some authors to make use of illustrations to better convey and teach these ideas. Although a number of lists of various important concepts are available it is not clear on which illustrators should focus their efforts. Objectives: To identify and prioritize a list of EBP and EBM research concepts and topics deemed important to illustrate. Methods: 20 randomly selected Twitter accounts following a research webcomic illustrator on 19 September 2019 were invited in a public tweet to suggest concepts and topics through a 2-Steps online Delphi (eDelphi) survey. The survey questionnaire could be completed by anyone with its URL link. Results: The survey invitation tweet was retweeted once. There were no answers to the eDelphi survey initial invitation and no research concepts or topics were suggested. The project was therefore discontinued on 25 September 2019. Discussion: This eDelphi survey proved ineffective in identifying research concepts and topics to illustrate. A number of reasons such as low interest, too small amount of invited participants or insufficient survey visibility could partly explain the lack of participation. Qualitative research, for instance interviews or online focus groups could help clarify why individuals invited did not contribute to this project or similar ones and characteristics of successful Twitter surveys should be considered when planning eDelphi projects.

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