Collecting and validating experiential expertise is doable but poses methodological challenges

Marika H. F. Burda, Marjan van den Akker*, Francesco van der Horst, Paul Lemmens, J. Andre Knottnerus

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Objectives: To give an overview of important methodological challenges in collecting, validating, and further processing experiential expertise and how to address these challenges. Study Design and Setting: Based on our own experiences in studying the concept, operationalization, and contents of experiential expertise, we have formulated methodological issues regarding the inventory and application of experiential expertise. Results: The methodological challenges can be categorized in six developmental research stages, comprising the conceptualization of experiential expertise, methods to harvest experiential expertise, the validation of experiential expertise, evaluation of the effectiveness, how to translate experiential expertise into acceptable guidelines, and how to implement these. The description of methodological challenges and ways to handle those are illustrated using diabetes mellitus as an example. Conclusion: Experiential expertise can be defined and operationalized in terms of successful illness-related behaviors and translated into recommendations regarding life domains. Pathways have been identified to bridge the gaps between the world of patients' daily lives and the medical world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-15
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Experiential expertise
  • Chronic disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Methodology
  • Qualitative research
  • Patient knowledge

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