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J Immigr Health. 2002 Oct;4(4):177-82.

The dynamic process of focus groups with migrant farmworkers: the Oregon experience.

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  • 1Department of Primary Care, School of Nursing, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon 97201, USA.


Focus groups with culturally diverse populations, and Latino farmworkers in particular, have been used as an effective research method. However, the specifics of planning and implementing focus groups with diverse populations have not been elaborated in the literature. Focus groups were used as part of The Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Minority Families Project to successfully elicit migrant farmworkers' views on pesticide exposure and preferences for educational method. Although attention was paid to cultural and lifestyle considerations in the planning and implementation of our focus groups, recruitment, environmental context, convener, focus group questions, and within-population differences were identified as areas that required ongoing assessment and operational change. Vigilance to the dynamics of the process resulted in more effective focus groups.

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