Accession Number:

ADA434247

Title:

Using Focus Groups in the Refinement of a Research Tool

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

2005-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

As part of a larger research study, two graduate students used focus groups to collect data to assist in the refinement of a tool Patient Assessment Questionnaire, PAQ to identify the sociodemographic characteristics associated with the presence of body piercings in elective surgery patients. Two focus groups were convened. The first group consisted of perioperative nurse experts who were asked to validate the content in the PAQ. The second group consisted of a convenience sample, similar to the target population for the larger research study. The second group was asked to pilot-test a prototype of the PAQ and provide feedback regarding their experiences with completing it. The authors conclude that the use of focus groups proved to be an appropriate and efficient method for testing and refining a research tool.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE