Combining qualitative and quantitative research within mixed method research designs: a methodological review

Ulrika Ostlund, Lisa Kidd, Yvonne Wengstrom, Neneh Rowa-Dewar

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Abstract

It has been argued that mixed methods research can be useful in nursing and health science because of the complexity of the phenomena studied. However, the integration of qualitative and quantitative approaches continues to be one of much debate and there is a need for a rigorous framework for designing and interpreting mixed methods research. This paper explores the analytical approaches (i.e. parallel, concurrent or sequential) used in mixed methods studies within healthcare and exemplifies the use of triangulation as a methodological metaphor for drawing inferences from qualitative and quantitative findings originating from such analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-383
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • healthcare research
  • mixed method research design

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