The Value of Focus Groups : Role in exclusive breast feeding in the Neonatal Unit King Edward Viiith Hospital Durban

Miriam Adhikari


This is a retrospective study analyzing the results of some informal focus group discussions that were conducted 36 months ago. These informal focus group discussions were conducted because of a concern expressed by the staff in the neonatal unit about inappropriate feeding choices made by mothers.  Because this was not viewed as research but as an in house query we only obtained verbal informed consent. Subsequent to these focus group discussions being conducted we are now requesting ethics approval to analyse these focus group discussions more rigorously as we believe our findings can be of value to other similar units and should be presented at meetings discussing perinatal health issues