Using teleconferencing to enable general practitioner participation in focus groups

Helen Tolhurst, Sarah. Dean

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Focus groups are used increasingly in general practice research, especially where a qualitative method is required to answer exploratory questions. Recently teleconferencing has been used to conduct focus groups in research on rural general practitioners, where distance makes face-to-face focus groups difficult and where anonymity of participants is important. This paper discusses advantages and disadvantages of using teleconferencing as a means of undertaking focus groups and provides examples of research where this has been used. We conclude that focus groups, conducted using teleconferencing, are an appropriate method in research on general practitioners, and can be particularly useful, when conducting research in rural and remote areas, and when anonymity of participants is desirable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPrimary health care research & development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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