Nine lessons and recommendations from the conduct of focus group research in chronic pain samples

Joanna McParland, Paul Flowers

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Abstract

The view of the patient is central to their care. Focus group methodology has been used in health psychology to capture patient views on health and illness. However, the process of conducting focus group research with patient groups has received scarce attention. The purpose of this paper was to highlight lessons learned from the conduct of focus groups in psychological research with chronic pain samples. Lessons were taken from three structured focus groups containing participants recruited from General Practice. Each group contained five, four, and six chronic pain sufferers from upper, middle and lower socioeconomic areas, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Early online date14 Sep 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Keywords

  • health psychology
  • chronic pain
  • focus groups

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