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Panel Discussion

4 – 8 qualified persons sit and talk about the topic
– In front of a large audience
– A chairman (moderator)
– 4 – 8 speakers
Panel discussion:
1. The chairman opens the meeting
a. Welcomes the group
b. Introduces the panel speakers
c. Introduces the topic and
d. Invites the panel speakers to present their point of view
e. The discussion begins
• There is no specific agenda, order of speaking and no set speeches
• The chairman’s duty is to keep the discussion going and develop the train of thought
2. After the main aspects of the subject are explored by the panel speakers, the audience is invited to take part
For a successful panel discussion:
• The discussion should be spontaneous and natural
• If the members are unacquainted with this method, they may have a preliminary meeting, prepare the material on the subject and decide upon the method and plan of presentation
• Panel discussion can be an extremely effective method of education provided it is properly planned and guided
It is a series of speeches on a selected subject
1. Each expert presents one aspect of the subject briefly
– There is no discussion among the experts unlike panel discussion
2. In the end, the audience may raise questions
3. The chairman makes a comprehensive summary at the end of the entire session

Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine, 23rd ed

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Methods of communication- demonstration:
Group Discussion:
Panel Discussion:
Delphi method:
Work shop:
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