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Keywords:

  • Organisations; committee, decision-making

Summary

Committee-work which involves decision-making from a range of alternatives is frequently time-consuming, inefficient, and frustrating. Nominal Group Technique is a structured method of group decision-making which allows a rich generation of original ideas, balanced participation of all members of the group, and a rank-ordered set of decisions based on a mathematical voting method. A brief description of a Nominal Group Technique session is given and its application to decision-making by committees of anaesthetists is illustrated by an example.