Using focus group methodology in nursing

J Contin Educ Nurs. Mar-Apr 1999;30(2):62-5; quiz 94-5.


Background: The need to obtain quality data in a cost-efficient manner spawned an exploration of research methods. The value of focus group methodology for multiple roles in nursing became evident.

Method: This article describes the purpose, process, and application of focus group methodology for nursing continuing education.

Results: Ideas for use of focus group methodology in nursing continuing education are suggested.

Conclusion: Focus group methodology can enhance the work of nurses in continuing education roles.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Data Collection / economics
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / methods*
  • Focus Groups / methods*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research / economics
  • Nursing Methodology Research / methods*