- A panel (sometimes called a consensus conference, focus group or citizens' jury) of people selected for their expertise and other characteristics deemed to be relevant, which is invited to answer one or more questions about which there may be considerable doubt or disagreement on the part of a parent body in order to see if a consensual view can be reached. It is similar to a focus group or citizens' jury, though the achievement of a consensus is not necessarily an intended outcome in these other cases. Panelists will usually have available to them the consensus questions, one or more systematic reviews, summaries of the available evidence and the ability to interview invited experts and other stakeholders as witnesses. There may be a facilitator. The conferences usually take place over two or three days.