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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 The role of focus group interviews in assessing the primary health care and family planning programme in India

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 The role of focus group interviews in assessing the primary health care and family planning programme in India Abusaleh Shariff and Pravin Visaria Introduction Group Interview' (FGI), a method of data collection applied for quite some time in Primary health and family planning services marketing research, is a useful alternative in association with other methods. It offers the (FPP) are usually a package consisting of advantages of sampling, coverage and delivery of various drugs, vaccines, diagnostic geographic spread on the one hand, and in- and surgical services and follow-up measures and advice. They are dependent on an efficient depth and anthropological type of extension of services to the people at the right investigation on the other. time and place, and in the right sequence. The success and usefulness of these programmes FGIs are ipso facto group discussions. During the exploratory stage, discussions may be can be gauged by the extent of coverage and unguided or non-directed and unstructured. by assessing the quality of service inputs and Some tentative guidelines for FGIs can be laid client satisfaction. Because they are public down in advance although they cannot be welfare programmes, it is also necessary ...

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