Advances in telecommunication technology allow biomedical researchers to explore new, inexpensive opportunities for conducting focus group research. This article reports our experiences using such technology to engage individuals genetically at risk for cancer about biospecimen research. Telephone-based focus groups were conducted with a total of 40 individuals, and participants were asked about their experiences and perceived benefits and limitations of participating in a telephone focus group about biospecimen research. The lessons learned can effectively be applied to other areas of health research. In particular, this method may be most useful to engage individuals who are less apt to speak in public, and/or when there are concerns over privacy if face-to-face discussions methods are used.


Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, Telecommunication


This manuscript was supported by the National Cancer Institute grant, U54 CA153509. Manuscript content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Cancer Institute.

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