Online focus group discussions: An attractive approach to data collection for qualitative health research

  • Mozhgan Rivaz* Community Based Psychiatric Care Research Center, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • Paymaneh Shokrollahi School of Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Firozabad Branch, Firozabad, Iran
  • Abbas Ebadi Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Life Style Institute, School of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: data collection, interview, online focus group, qualitative research


Data collection is a centerpiece in qualitative research. The use of multiple sources in data collection can improve conceptual interest of a qualitative inquiry and make it interesting.  Online focus groups (OFGs) as a complementary choice to make the research project easier and engaging. Selection of the most appropriate method of data collection is essential for ensuring the trustworthiness.

This commentary is noted to important issues involved in using OFG discussions for data collection in qualitative health research. In order to determine the suitability of data collection techniques, qualitative researchers are recommended for analysis the question, the research context, the preference of participants, technical issues, the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and provide authentic data to enrich their project by applying innovative approaches.


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How to Cite
Rivaz* M, Shokrollahi P, Ebadi A. Online focus group discussions: An attractive approach to data collection for qualitative health research. NPT. 6(1):1-3.