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doi: 10.1097/01.NNR.0000313489.49165.97

The Sociogram: A Useful Tool in the Analysis of Focus Groups

Drahota, Amy; Dewey, Ann

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Background: Focus groups are being utilized increasingly in health services research; however, methods of analyzing focus groups to acknowledge group processes are still under development.

Objectives: To explore the use of sociograms as a tool in focus group analyses.

Methods: Sociograms are presented for two focus groups which were conducted to complement a randomized controlled trial on the use of audiovisual distraction during minor surgery. The sociograms are interpreted to accentuate issues that may arise during focus group research.

Results and Discussion: Sociograms offer a useful method of conceptualizing group dynamics, drawing comparisons between focus groups, and reflecting on moderator technique. The sociogram is a useful aid for displaying and interpreting data from focus group discussions when used in combination with further qualitative inquiry.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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