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Anonymized Focus Groups as a Research Tool for Health Professionals


White, GE and Thomson, AN, Anonymized Focus Groups as a Research Tool for Health Professionals, Qualitative Health Research, 5, (2) pp. 256-261. ISSN 1049-7323 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/104973239500500209


An anonymized telephone-based focus group (AFoG) methodology was designed for studies examining family physicians' attitudes to social and sexual contact between family physicians and their patients. The method adapts the traditional focus group approach as a means of exploring a sensitive family practice topic while concealing participants' identities. Using this method, a safe environment can be created in which participants are able to freely discuss the issues. In the example given, the method resulted in a significant contribution to the research. Participants expressed positive comments about the experience. © 1995, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:White, GE (Ms White)
UTAS Author:Thomson, AN (Professor Alex Thomson)
ID Code:6216
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-09

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