Using the Nominal Group Technique to Identify the Problems Experienced by Persons Living with Severe Physical Disabilities


Changes in health care have dramatically curtailed services to people with severe physical disability and their families. This has placed a greater burden of responsibility on those who live with these conditions and have ongoing care needs. Yet little is known about the subjective problems, challenges, and solutions reported by these people. We demonstrate how the nominal group technique can be used to obtain consumer-oriented information germane to these individuals and their concerns. We conducted nominal group technique meetings with 2 groups for persons with physical disability and a third with a group for family members in caregiving roles. We demonstrate how focus groups can be conducted with the nominal group technique to identify problems experienced by individuals who live with severe physical disability. Recommendations for using the nominal group technique with client populations are presented, and implications for clinical practice are discussed.

focus groups rehabilitation psychology physical disability caregiving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham
  2. 2.Department of Health Services AdministrationUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham

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