Speaker: Dr. Azucena Pedraz Marcos, Sección Departamental de Enfermería,
Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Abstract: Focus groups have provided insights into a huge variety of research questions from different disciplines, being widely used in health services research. Focus groups are the technique that dominates the field in the English-written scientific literature, but there are different approaches to data collection in groups in terms of style of the moderator, presentation of questions/topics, and the way data are analysed (Barbour, 2007). In this presentation, I will briefly introduce a series of group techniques utilized in qualitative research to later focus on discussion groups, following Ibañez and the Madrid School of Social Theory. The discussion group is a qualitative technique that aims at reproducing in a micro-social scale what would be the macro-social situation, through the interaction of its participants in order to enable the generation of discourses/texts, which analyzed, identify and organize the social meaning of a specific field or theme (Pedraz, 2014). Based on my research about midwives´ experiences dealing with late stillbirth delivery, my presentation will address some of the features of planning and setting up discussion groups: group composition, number and size of groups, sampling frames, decisions about the room, the moderator, the recording, transcribing and running group discussions.