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Table 2 Composition of focus groups

From: Making it work for me: beliefs about making a personal health record relevant and useable

Group Composition and characteristics
FG1 Six participants who all had one or more long-term health conditions including: diabetes, coronary heart disease, asthma and mobility problems.
FG2 Eight participants all with long-term health conditions. In addition to their own health problems, two participants were carers for relatives.
FG3 Seven young people aged 14–18. They were all at school or at college. None had any health conditions.
FG4 Seven young adults aged 18–24. They were either studying or working. None had any health conditions. Discussions in this group also explored the health concerns young adults have and the transition to being responsible for their own health.
FG5 Seven older adults, aged 60–85. Discussions in this group also included willingness to learn to use new technologies.
FG6 Seven amateur triathletes who all use devices to monitor their health and training. Discussions in this group also explored how they could use the data they collect to benefit their health and healthcare.
FG7 Seven participants, all with a professional interest in data use. This group also explored how future developments in technology might affect how people could use a PHR.
FG8 Six voluntary sector workers who represented organisations providing advocacy services for people with a range of disabilities and physical and mental health conditions. These participants discussed how they would personally use a PHR, how the people their organisation work with might use one, and how their organisation might interact with their service users’ personal health records.