Applying the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) in Community Based Action Research for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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Totikidis, Vicky (2010) Applying the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) in Community Based Action Research for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The Australian Community Psychologist, 22 (1). pp. 18-29. ISSN 1835-7393


Community based health interventions (CBHIs) in which community members are central to the development of initiatives can provide the impetus for positive health and wellbeing changes and community empowerment. The application of the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) in a qualitative community based action research/health promotion program known as the Community Health Information Collaboration (CHIC) is discussed in this article. Mindful of the need to prevent the growing burden of chronic diseases and conditions in Australia, a primary aim of the CHIC program was to empower participants with health information, knowledge, skills and confidence. The program was conducted over a 10 week period and involved seven culturally and linguistically diverse participants (aged 20-50) who lived or worked in the Brimbank region of Melbourne. Week one to three of the program involved health education while the NGT session in week four and the following five sessions focussed on actions that could be undertaken to improve health and prevent disease in the community. The NGT process and results are discussed in detail and greater utilisation of the technique in community based research is encouraged.

Item type Article
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Australian Community Centre for Diabetes
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Keywords ResPubID19869, Community health, disease prevention, Nominal Group Technique, health promotion program
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