Husbands and Wives Living With Multiple Sclerosis

Nancy Fleming Courts; Amanda N. Newton; Linda J. McNeal


J Neurosci Nurs. 2005;37(1):20-27. 

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The staff of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MSS) chapter in a southern state identified a list of potential participants, and a volunteer or staff member called each for permission to release his or her name to the investigators. The research assistant called potential participants, explained the research process, and invited him or her to participate. A snowballing technique was then used by which participants provided additional names. Each participant received $20 for completing the interview.

At each focus group, participants were given an explanation of the focus group process and research purpose and an opportunity to ask questions. Confidentiality issues included use of first names only and instruction that all information remain within the group. Each person was asked to give date of birth, spouse's type of MS, and length of time since diagnosis. Each participant was then given an uninterrupted time to share experiences. The two groups of 8 men and 4 women met for 90 minutes and 2 hours, respectively.


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