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Using the nominal group technique to involve young people in an evidence synthesis which explored 'risk' in inpatient mental healthcare

Evans, Nicola ORCID:, Hannigan, Ben ORCID:, Pryjmachuk, Steven, Gillen, Elizabeth ORCID:, Edwards, Deborah ORCID:, Longo, Mirella ORCID:, Trainor, Gemma and Hathway, Felicity 2017. Using the nominal group technique to involve young people in an evidence synthesis which explored 'risk' in inpatient mental healthcare. Research Involvement and Engagement 3 , 16. 10.1186/s40900-017-0069-8

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Background In this paper we demonstrate how our application of the nominal group technique was used as a method of involving young people with previous experience of using inpatient mental health services in an evidence synthesis. Methods Nominal group technique is an approach to group decision-making that places weight on all participants having an equal opportunity to express a view, and to influence decisions which are made. It is an effective way to enable people who might otherwise be excluded from decision-making to contribute. Results In this study, the focus of the evidence synthesis was significantly shaped following using the nominal group technique in our stakeholder advisory group meeting. The young people present in the group invited the research group to think differently about which ‘risks’ were important, to consider how young people conceptualised risk differently, focussing on risks with long term impact and quality of life implications, rather than immediate clinical risks. Conclusions Using the nominal group technique with young people did offer a method of promoting the equality of decision making within a stakeholder advisory group to an evidence synthesis project, but care needs to be taken to invite sufficient young people to attend so they can be proportionally represented.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Academic & Student Support Service
Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 2056-7529
Funders: NIHR HS&DR Programme
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 August 2017
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 22:18

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