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What about N? A methodological study of sample-size reporting in focus group studies

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Research Methodology, March 2011
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Title
What about N? A methodological study of sample-size reporting in focus group studies
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BMC Medical Research Methodology, March 2011
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-11-26
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Benedicte Carlsen, Claire Glenton

Abstract

Focus group studies are increasingly published in health related journals, but we know little about how researchers use this method, particularly how they determine the number of focus groups to conduct. The methodological literature commonly advises researchers to follow principles of data saturation, although practical advise on how to do this is lacking. Our objectives were firstly, to describe the current status of sample size in focus group studies reported in health journals. Secondly, to assess whether and how researchers explain the number of focus groups they carry out.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
South Africa 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 394 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 102 25%
Student > Master 75 18%
Researcher 56 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 45 11%
Student > Bachelor 26 6%
Other 78 19%
Unknown 30 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 78 19%
Social Sciences 77 19%
Psychology 52 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 47 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 6%
Other 74 18%
Unknown 60 15%

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