Consensus development of components of continuity of care for stroke patients: a Delphi methodology

  • Lin Xiao
  • Yulin Gao
  • Lili ZhangEmail author
Original Article



The study aimed to develop consensus on the components of continuity of care for stroke patients in the cultural context of China.

Subjects and methods

Thirteen experts were recruited purposefully to finish this study. A Delphi approach was adopted to reach consensus on the components of continuity of care, and 75% agreement was used as cutoff.


Three rounds of consultation were completed. Consensus (75% agreement) was obtained on 45 of the 49 statements. The final agreed list of statements represented three domains: the structure, process and outcome of continuity of care.


It represents the first attempt to develop consensus on the components of continuity of care for Chinese patients with stroke. According to the established framework and components of continuity of care, health professionals can successfully implement continuity of care for stroke patients and improve the quality of care.


Continuity of care Stroke Rehabilitation Delphi method 



We thank all the experts that consented to take part in our study. This study was funded by the Southern Medical University, grant Q2016002.


This study was funded by the Southern Medical University, grant Q2016002.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingSouthern Medical UniversityGuang ZhouChina

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