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Table 2 Distribution of research participants

From: Assessing participation in a community-based health planning and services programme in Ghana

Data collection steps Study participants Sample Characteristics Sampling method Purpose
1. Individual interviews Service providers 3 Chairperson of a community health committee Criterion sampling To get an insight into how they understand community participation and facilitated the programme accordingly.
CHPS senior official
(8-13 April, 2011) Community health worker
  Community health committee members 2 Community members involved in the local community health committee and at the interface between service providers and users. Criterion sampling To understand what community health committee members, who played a dual role, both as implementers of the CHPS programme and as beneficiaries, felt about their level of involvement.
  Community members (service users) 12 Community members making use of health services Convenience sampling As the programme was meant to involve the wider community, community members and service users were interviewed in order to examine their level of involvement in the programme.
2. Focus group discussions Mix of female stakeholders 8 Service providers (0) Criterion sampling The focus group discussions were arranged to stimulate debate and develop responses as informants re-call and add to the answers of peers within the group
Community health committee members (2)
(14th April 2011) Service users (6) Convenience sampling
  Mix of male stakeholders 9 Service providers (1) Criterion sampling
    Community health committee members (2)  
    Service users (6) Convenience sampling
3. Community conversation All study participants 16 Service providers (1) Criterion sampling To bring local stakeholders together to discuss and develop a spider-gram assessing community participation in the CHPS programme
(14th April, 2011)
  Community health committee members (2)
    Service users (6) Convenience sampling