Adapting the Nominal Group Technique to a virtual version: an experience report

Viviane Cristina de Lima Gusmão*, Tatiane Garcia do Carmo Flausino, Daniela Sanches Couto, Ligia Maria Abraão, Adriana Maria da Silva Felix, Caroline Lopes Ciofi-Silva, Molly Courtenay, Valerie Ness, Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Rosely Moralez de Figueiredo, Maria Clara Padoveze

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Objective: To report on the adaptations made to the original Nominal Group Technique(NGT), allowing it to be applied to the virtual format, preserving all its key elements. Method: An experience report on the adaptations and adjustments made to the original NGT to the virtual format using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),using digital tools that are available free of charge or are low cost and easy to use. Results: The NGT was carried out entirely virtually and underwent adaptations in each of its four stages through the incorporation of specific digital resources. It was possible to present the most voted ideas and obtain final approval from the participants. The participants had no difficulty in using the virtual resources provided and, based on the reaction evaluation, they were satisfied with the tools provided. Conclusion: The adapted NGT proved to be an effective method when used in a virtual setting, capable of producing a significant number of ideas and developing consensus. The adapted tool can be used by other researchers in countries with similar resources or dimensions to Brazil.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20230298
Number of pages8
JournalRevista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2024


  • Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Digital technology
  • Methods
  • COVID-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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