The Nominal Group Technique: A useful consensus methodology in physiotherapy research
The nominal group technique (NGT) is currently underutilised in physiotherapy research. The NGT can provide both qualitative and quantitative information and as such is a mixed method approach. Among the strengths of NGT are that it is cost effective, time efficient and easily implemented with both health professional and consumer groups alike, making it particularly attractive for research in a clinical environment. This paper discusses the NGT and describes the NGT protocol so that physiotherapists might consider it for use in future physiotherapy research.
Key Points about the NGT
* A group decision making process
* A cost effective and time efficient method for data collection
* Has utility with service providers and consumers alike, so may be particularly beneficial in addressing clinical practice issues in physiotherapy
* A mixed method approach that can employ both qualitative and quantitative analytical processes
* Currently underutilised in physiotherapy research
Potter, M., Gordon, S., & Hamer, P. (2004). The nominal group technique: A useful consensus methodology in physiotherapy research. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(3), 126-130.