EPA Science Inventory

FINAL REPORT: NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY FOCUS GROUPS

Citation:

LOBDELL, D. T. AND L. DIMITROPOULOS. FINAL REPORT: NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY FOCUS GROUPS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-05/019, 2005.

Description:

The primary objective of this work assignment was to develop a better understanding of

the issues affecting the recruitment and retention of expectant parents and other selected

stakeholders (parents, healthcare providers and community organizations) for the National

Children's Study. The tasks undertaken to achieve this goal included reviewing and revising a

moderator's guide; developing a site selection and recruitment plan; and conducting focused

discussions with groups of stakeholders in areas across the United States and analyzing the data

captured. The goal was to identify effective strategies and techniques that can be used to recruit

and retain participants in the NCS.

The focus groups were conducted at 10 sites across the United States to gather insights

from the following five stakeholder groups as described below:

" Expectant parents (10 groups)

" Parents of children without disabilities (2 groups: one with parents of children

aged 3 to 5 and one with parents of children aged 6 to 11)

" Parents of children with disabilities (2 groups: one with parents of children aged

3 to 5 and one with parents of children aged 6 to 11)

" Health care providers (2 groups: one pediatric and one obstetric)

" Community organization representatives (2 groups)

This report includes a complete qualitative analysis on the data obtained from the

focus groups and our recommendations for preferred strategies and techniques for

recruiting and retaining expectant mothers into the NCS.

Purpose/Objective:

To better understand the issues affecting the recruitment and retention of expectant parents and others for the National Children's Study.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Start Date: 03/05/2005
Completion Date: 12/31/2006
Record Last Revised: 07/12/2008
Record Created: 01/27/2005
Record Released: 01/27/2005
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 114980

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

HUMAN STUDIES DIVISION

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOMARKERS BRANCH