Focus group discussion: a tool for health and medical research.

Wong, L.P. (2008) Focus group discussion: a tool for health and medical research. Singapore medical journal, 49 (3). 256-60; quiz 261. ISSN 0037-5675

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Abstract

Focus group discussion is a research methodology in which a small group of participants gather to discuss a specified topic or an issue to generate data. The main characteristic of a focus group is the interaction between the moderator and the group, as well as the interaction between group members. The objective is to give the researcher an understanding of the participants' perspective on the topic in discussion. Focus groups are rapidly gaining popularity in health and medical research. This paper presents a general introduction of the use of focus groups as a research tool within the context of health research, with the intention of promoting its use among researchers in healthcare. A detailed methodology for the conduct of focus groups and analysis of focus group data are discussed. The potentials and limitations of this qualitative research technique are also highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Wong, L.P.
Journal or Publication Title: Singapore medical journal
Additional Information: Health Research Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomedical Research/methods
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > Medical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2011 11:46
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2011 11:46
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/987

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