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Use of nominal group technique methods in the virtual setting: A reflective account and recommendations for practice

Smith, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-4290-8423, Cartwright, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3404-5659, Dyson, J. & Aitken, L. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5722-9090 (2023). Use of nominal group technique methods in the virtual setting: A reflective account and recommendations for practice. Australian Critical Care, 37(1), pp. 158-165. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2023.09.004


Nominal group technique methods involve the use of structured activities within groups comprised of purposefully selected stakeholders (nominal groups), with the broad aim of achieving a level of consensus and prioritising information. In this paper, we will report how we facilitated nominal groups, using Microsoft Teams, to prioritise content for a theory-based behaviour change intervention to improve responses to clinically deteriorating patients. Our methods incorporated development and piloting of research materials, facilitation of online nominal groups with different stakeholders, and a structured approach to ranking behaviour change strategies. Practical suggestions are offered based on our experience of using this method in a virtual context.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license in new tab/window)
Publisher Keywords: Research design, Behavioural research, Group processes, Consensus, Nominal group technique, Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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