The practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas of conducting focus groups with vulnerable clients

Owen, Sara (2001) The practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas of conducting focus groups with vulnerable clients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36 (5). pp. 652-658. ISSN 1365-2648

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Full text URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.02030.x

Abstract

Aim: This paper presents some of the practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas that were encountered in a study that used focus groups to elicit the views of women with serious and enduring mental health problems about the services they were receiving.

Findings: The dilemmas identified included the time and effort taken to gain access to the women, the role of the researcher as facilitator, communication and interaction in the focus group, accepting the women's reality, and the thin divide between research and therapy.

Conclusion: The paper concludes with some recommendations for researchers who are planning to use focus groups to elicit the views of vulnerable clients.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Aim: This paper presents some of the practical, methodological and ethical dilemmas that were encountered in a study that used focus groups to elicit the views of women with serious and enduring mental health problems about the services they were receiving. Findings: The dilemmas identified included the time and effort taken to gain access to the women, the role of the researcher as facilitator, communication and interaction in the focus group, accepting the women's reality, and the thin divide between research and therapy. Conclusion: The paper concludes with some recommendations for researchers who are planning to use focus groups to elicit the views of vulnerable clients.
Keywords:Serious and enduring mental health problems, Women, Research, Focus groups, Methodological dilemmas, User views
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:614
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:27 Apr 2007
Last Modified:28 Aug 2014 12:50

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