The Focused Conversation technique is a structured approach to discussing complex research decisions (e.g. “how should we evaluate success in this research project?”), with patient/public/community partners, and helping people reach their own conclusions on the topic.
The process uses a series of questions based on four stages of thinking:
1. Objective: review facts about the research decision;
2. Reflective: review emotional response/reactions to the research decision;
3. Interpretive: review meaning and significance to the research decision;
4. Decisional: consider how the research decision will be put into action.
Focused conversations can be useful for:
- Reviewing a number of research questions such as “What outcomes should we look at in this research project?” “What will success look like?” etc.
- Getting very specific feedback and opinions from patient/public/community research partners.
Note: Focused conversations may be very quick or take a long time depending on the topic.