Creating consensus about nursing outcomes. I. An exploration of focus group methodology

Authors

  • BRIAN MILLAR RGN, DN, MN, PGCE,

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 7XN, UK
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  • CHRISTOPHER MAGGS BSc, MA, PhD, RGN, RMN,

    1. Professor of Nursing Research and Development (Staffordshire) School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 7XN, UK
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  • VICKI WARNER RMN, BN, PGCE,

    1. Senior Nurse Manager (Surgery), School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 7XN, UK
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  • ZOE WHALE BSc, MN, RGN, One Cert

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 7XN, UK
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Summary

  • The aim of this study is to explore a method for achieving consensus about nursing outcomes between patients, nurses and health professionals.
  • Focus group work as a research tool is described and reviewed.
  • Problems of recruiting and facilitating such groups are highlighted.
  • The relationship between focus groups and consensus is discussed.
  • It is concluded that focus group work is not without problems, yet means of incorporating patient views into health services need to be developed.

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