Using focus groups with minority ethnic communities: Researching infertility in British South Asian communities

Lorraine Culley*, Nicky Hudsong, Frances Rapport

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Abstract

Little attention has been given to the specific methodological issues that can accompany the use of focus groups with minority ethnic communities in the United Kingdom. In this article, the authors discuss the use of this method in a study of the provision of infertility services to South Asian communities in three English cities. Focus groups are an invaluable research method for working in a diverse linguistic and cultural environment, providing interesting, rich, and complex data. However, their use can raise significant methodological and ethical challenges for researchers working with minority ethnic communities. The authors discuss key issues that arose in their exploration of ethnicity and infertility around language and cultural diversity, the role of community facilitators, access and recruitment, infertility as a "sensitive" topic, and reciprocity in research relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Focus groups
  • Infertility
  • Minority ethnic
  • Reciprocity
  • Recruitment
  • Sensitivity

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