Using focus groups in disability research

Thilo Kroll, Rosaline Barbour, Jennifer Harris

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    Qualitative health service research has increasingly drawn on focus groups to inform health policy and intervention design. Focus groups provide opportunities to engage in the development and evaluation of health services for those service users who are often excluded from other forms of data collection. Increasingly, people with disabilities have been recognized as a marginalized group in health research. To provide appropriate accommodation and to maximize the utility of focus groups with people who have disabilities, careful preparation and planning are necessary. In this article, the authors highlight critical issues in conducting focus groups with people who have various impairments and provide advice on what to consider in terms of preparation and analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)690-698
    Number of pages9
    JournalQualitative Health Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Disability
    • Focus groups
    • Research methodology

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