Consensus Meetings

Consensus Meetings are a common practice of all sciences in the treatment of difficult cases. It is a structured and strict  consensus process with Expert Groups on a cognitive field or scientific issue.  According to international methodology,  the most widely acceptable method is the Delphi ( Detailed information about the Delphi Method is available in the e-book by Harold A. Linstone and Murray Turoff The Delphi Method: Techniques and Application.

Under the inititatives of USUD/ISUD,  2 Consensus Groups have been so far set up. Members of the Consensus Groups are selected according to the contribution of Urologists to the international literature upon different reference  fields.

Working stages are as follows:

a) systematic literature research, through Word Indexing

b) determining Level of Evidence for every published article

c) reaching consensus among members of the working group, following the Delphi method

d) presenting results within the context of a special meeting of Urologists and recording their criticism/feedback

e) finalization of  positions and recommendations, followed with the respective Grade of Recommendation

f) authoring and publishing results