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Contemp Nurse. 2000 Jun;9(2):181-91.

A guide to the use of focus groups in health care research: Part 2.

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Western Sydney Area Health Service, University of Western Sydney-Nepean.


In this paper, the second in a two part series on focus groups, a comprehensive overview of the literature concerning the interviewing process, methodology and analysis is provided. We discuss the characteristics of the moderator and the way in which a focus group is conducted (the who, where, and how of the focus group process), the participants, the process, and the analysis. Nursing staff and allied health professionals, especially those contemplating using focus groups for the first time, will be able to gain an understanding of the conduct of focus groups from this one source. The comprehensive reference list will provide a wealth of primary sources for further reading.

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