Scale of adherence to post–sharps injury follow-up services among healthcare workers is uncommon compared to medication adherence scale. To develop a novel and culturally adapted scale, stakeholders should be consulted to specify dimensions by deducing it from the existing framework. This study was to demonstrate how health stakeholders were consulted to specify the dimensions.
This study employed two sessions of Nominal Group Technique. Each session consisted of 12 purposive-sampled mixed participants i.e., healthcare managers and providers. A four-step sequential protocol was used for collecting participants’ key ideas on what adherence factors in post–sharps injury follow-up services: silent idea generation, round-robin collection, idea clarification, and ranking. Similar ideas were clustered and coded with an appropriate group theme and categorized it into subdimensions. Results: A total of 116 key ideas, yielding 13 and 10 themes in session 1 and 2, respectively. Those themes were coded into 16 sub-dimensions affecting adherence. They were distributed under five emerged dimensions in decreasing order of relative importance: (a) healthcare team and system-related factors; (b) patient-related factors; (c) therapy-related factors; and (d) condition-related factors. These findings guide researchers in developing culturally adapted items for measuring the level of adherence to post–sharps injury follow-up services.
nominal group technique, qualitative research, healthcare workers, dimensions affecting adherence, sharps injury
We thank the gatekeeper of district health office, Mohamad Fairuz Rahmat, and gatekeeper of hospital to make this research possible. Thank you to Director General of Health Malaysia for the permission to publish this article. We also thank all participants of both NGT sessions for their feedback and their precious time for contributing significantly to this research. This work was ethically approved and supported by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia [FF-2019-078].
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Abdul Wahab, A., Ismail, R., Abu Samah, A., Inche Zainal Abidin, N., Mustaffa, N., & Ismail, H. (2021). Applying the Nominal Group Technique for Specifying the Interacting Dimensions Affecting Adherence to Post–Sharps Injury Follow-Up Services. The Qualitative Report, 26(11), 3596-3618. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4982