Maximizing results with focus groups: moderator and analysis issues

Appl Nurs Res. 2001 Feb;14(1):48-53. doi: 10.1053/apnr.2001.21081.


Focus groups can be used to gather rich, detailed descriptions of shared individual experiences and beliefs. Group process enhances the richness of the data obtained via this method. Nurses are skilled in gathering detailed and often sensitive information and applying therapeutic communication and interviewing techniques within groups. They can take advantage of these skills by using focus groups to collect qualitative data. To maximize the collection of high-quality data, pay specific attention to the selection and training of the moderator, the development of the interview guide, and the analysis that addresses intragroup and intergroup processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Focus Groups / methods*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • Research Design