Table 1

Delphi criteria

Aim of the DelphiIdentify consensus.
Consensus definition≥80% agreement on the same rating.
Rating scaleQualitative, ranging from ‘1 - not relevant’ to ‘5 - totally relevant’.
Number of roundsFour rounds (consensual QPIs were withdrawn from subsequent rounds) (experts comments were added in each round).
Specialist panelHomogeneous group recruited from Portuguese APLs, according to inclusion criteria.
Data collection and analysisOnline questionnaire on the Microsoft Forms platform.
Data analysed using Microsoft Excel.
Comments verified according to the content analysis technique.
  • APLs, anatomical pathology laboratories; QPIs, quality and performance indicators.