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Hi, welcome back to our series on qualitative research methods. I'm Leslie Curry from the Yale School of Public Health, and this module focuses on a major qualitative study design: focus groups. Just to give you a brief overview of the modules, the goal is to enhance our capacity to conceptualize, design, and conduct qualitative research in the Health Sciences. There are a total of six modules in this series, and this module specifically examines focus groups as a major qualitative study design. So, what is a focus group? In the picture, you can see a group of individuals sitting in a circle in a room, engaging in a conversation. A focus group is a gathering of people with certain characteristics who generate narrative data through a guided discussion. The interaction and dynamics within the group are crucial. The interaction among individuals can do several things. It can widen the range of responses by hearing from individuals with a common experience but different perspectives. The group dynamics can also help activate forgotten details and facilitate the exchange of experiences among participants. Focus groups can also create a comfortable environment for people to describe their experiences with a particular phenomenon and release inhibitions. Focus groups can be useful in various topics within the Health Sciences. Firstly, they can be utilized for characterizing social and cultural norms surrounding a specific health area, health behavior, or type of healthcare delivery. Additionally, focus groups are helpful for sharing and comparing perspectives. David Morgan, the author of the focus group kit, describes this sharing and comparing dynamic as a process where each member offers their perspective and compares their experience with others in the room. This type of collaboration can generate insights that would not be possible in one-on-one exchanges. Moreover, focus groups can reveal how people...