Deliberative Discussion Focus Groups

Qual Health Res. 2016 May;26(6):734-40. doi: 10.1177/1049732315591150. Epub 2015 Jun 15.


This article discusses a new approach for the conduct of focus groups in health research. Identifying ways to educate and inform participants about the topic of interest prior to the focus group discussion can promote more quality data from informed opinions. Data on this deliberative discussion approach are provided from research within three federally funded studies. As healthcare continues to improve from scientific and technological advancements, educating the research participants prior to data collection about these complexities is essential to gather quality data.

Keywords: USA; deliberative discussion; education; focus groups; qualitative.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Cordocentesis / psychology
  • Cordocentesis / standards*
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Donor Selection / standards
  • Electronic Health Records / standards
  • Focus Groups*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mass Screening / psychology
  • Muscular Atrophy, Spinal / diagnosis*
  • Muscular Atrophy, Spinal / prevention & control
  • Parents / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Selection
  • Pilot Projects
  • Qualitative Research
  • United States