Inside The Colorado HCBS Focus Groups
Focus groups were selected as this study’s methodology because compared to other methods they are more accessible, attend to power issues, and result in a high yield of data, all of which are necessary when working with people with disabilities.
Focus groups were selected as this study’s methodology because they are more accessible, attend to power issues, and result in a high yield of data, all of which are necessary when working with people with disabilities. Focus groups are more accessible because they are structured more like real world conversations than other methods, such as surveys or one-on-one interviews.
Participants were recruited through study information flyers distributed to Colorado Department of HCPF, community advocacy groups, community coalitions, Community Centered Boards, and providers of Home and Community Based Services. In addition, participants were recruited through targeted social media posts, and word of mouth. In total, 56 people consented to participate.
The focus groups were facilitated by one of two CQL facilitators; each of the facilitators had over 40 years’ experience working with people with disabilities. The focus group focused on four topics: functional assessment; eligibility determinations; case management/planning; and, service provision. The focus groups lasted approximately 1-2 hours and were audio recorded.
ATLAS.ti 8 was used for all qualitative analysis. Focus group data were analyzed using thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). Thematic analysis is particularly useful in demarcating similarities and differences in responses (Manhire, Hagan, & Floyd, 2007). After immersion in the data, the data was examined for patterns across the data and initial codes were generated.
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