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Table 1 Description of Study 3 Focus Group Design

From: Priority setting: what constitutes success? A conceptual framework for successful priority setting

Study 3 used a distinctive focus group design called a circle-within-a-circle. A total of five focus groups were held. First, two independent focus groups were held, one with patients and one with policy makers. Second, two additional focus groups were held using the "circle within a circle" approach: the first had the patients on the inside and the decision makers on the outside, the second had the opposite (decision makers on the inside). The final focus group had both groups participating, sitting side-by-side in a large circle. This approach permitted data collection with stakeholder group that may have had problems due to power imbalance; for example, group-specific issues could be explored in depth, as well as providing an invaluable opportunity for knowledge exchange.