Expert consensusbuilding for developing guidelines: Lessons learned from a dengue economics workshop

Dagna Constenla, Noah Lefcourt, Cristina Garcia

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A workshop with 20 experts of diverse backgrounds from five countries in the Americas was convened for twoand-a-half days in March 2012 to discuss and develop a standardized methodology for assessing the economic cost of dengue. This article discusses a number of factors that contributed to the workshop's success, including: engaging the experts at various stages of the process; convening a multidisciplinary group to reduce expert bias and provide a more comprehensive and integrated approach; facilitating guided small- and large-group discussions; developing effective cross-cultural collectivism, trust, communication, and empathy across the expert panel; establishing clear lines of responsibilities within each group of experts; breaking down the complex issues into smaller and simpler ideas; providing ample background materials in multiple languages prior to the workshop. Challenges and areas for improvement are also covered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-203
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Consensus development conferences as topic
  • Dengue
  • Economics
  • Guidelines as topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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