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Table 3 Experts consensus in Delphi study

From: A Delphi study for setting up tobacco research and practice network in India

Strong consensus Consensus (agreement in %) Inter quartile range
Focus of TRNI >75 % 1
 Tobacco cessation >75 % 1
 Economic research >75 % 1
Implementation of tobacco control policy   
 Sharing best practices >75 % 1
 Advocacy >75 % 1
Financial sustainability   
 Funds from government >75 % 1
Network members   
 Government >75 % 1
 NGOs >75 % 1
 Academia >75 % 0.25
Factors holding back research dissemination   
Lack of funds   0
Benefits of the network   
 Information sharing >75 % 1
 Technical support >75 % 1
Moderate consensus   
Focus of TRNI   
 Disease research 60–74 % 1
Implementation of tobacco control policy   
 Consensus building 60–74 % 2
 Establishing standard protocols 60–74 % 1
Factors holding back research   
 Lack of technical expertise 60–74 % 2
Financial sustainability   
 Funds from International organizations 60–74 % 1
Involvement of private sector and pharmaceutical companies   
 Private sector should be involved with caution 60–74 %  
Benefits of the network   
 Evidence-based policy implementation 60–74 %  
No consensus   
Factors holding back research   
 Lack of emphasis on tobacco control <60 % 2
 Lack of platform/forum <60 % 2
Financial sustainability   
 Nominal membership fees <60 % 3
Involvement of private sector and pharmaceutical companies   
 Private sector can be in involved in the network <60 % 2
 Pharmaceutical companies should be involved with caution <60 % 2
 Private sector and pharmaceutical companies should not be involved in the network <60 % 2
Benefits of the network   
 Consensus building <60 % 2
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