Use of focus group technique to investigate infection control practice

Gardner, Glenn E., Jones, Elizabeth, & Olesen, Dolly (1999) Use of focus group technique to investigate infection control practice. Australian Infection Control, 4(4), pp. 16-19.

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Use of focus groups as a technique of inquiry is gaining attention in the area of health-care research. This paper will report on the technique of focus group interviewing to investigate the role of the infection control practitioner. Infection control is examined as a specialty area of health-care practice that has received little research attention to date. Additionally, it is an area of practice that is expanding in response to social, economic and microbiological forces. The focus group technique in this study helped a group of infection control practitioners from urban, regional and rural areas throughout Queensland identify and categorise their daily work activities. The outcomes of this process were then analysed to identify the growth in breadth and complexity of the role of the infection control practitioner in the contemporary health-care environment. Findings indicate that the role of the infection control practitioner in Australia has undergone changes consistent with and reflecting changing models of health-care delivery.

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ID Code: 56479
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1329-9360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 01:26
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2013 01:26

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