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Nursing - Quantitative & Qualitative Articles: Qualitative

Nursing: quantitative and qualitative articles

"How does numerical value teach us about a population's problems?"

What is Qualitative Research?

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Clarke, L. (2004). The value of qualitative research. Nursing Standard, 18(52), 41+.

Greenhalgh, T. (2019). Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research). In How to read a Paper : The basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare. (Sixth ed., pp. 165-178). Wiley Blackwell.

Hall, K. C., Andries, C., & McNair, M. E. (2020). Engaging nursing students in qualitative research through hands-on participation. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(3), 177.

Noyes J, Booth A, Cargo M, Flemming K, Harden A, Harris J, Garside R, Hannes K, Pantoja T, Thomas J. Chapter 21: Qualitative evidence. In: Higgins JPT, Thomas J, Chandler J, Cumpston M, Li T, Page MJ, Welch VA (editors). Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 6.0 (updated July 2019). Cochrane, 2019. Available from

Reed, P. G. (2018). Entanglement and the relevance of method in qualitative research. Nursing Science Quarterly, 31(3), 243–244.

Willig, C. (2016). Qualitative research. In L. H. Miller (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of theory in psychology. Sage Publications, Credo Reference.

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Qualitative and Quantitative Studies

To find qualitative and quantitative studies, try adding one of these words/phrases to your search terms. The word "qualitative" or "quantitative" will sometimes appear in the title, abstract, or subject terms, but not always. Look at the methods section of the article to determine what type of study design was used.

- Qualitative Quantitative
Definition Research that seeks to provide understanding of human experience, perceptions, motivations, intentions, and behaviors based on description and observation and utilizing a naturalistic interpretative approach to a subject and its contextual setting. Research based on traditional scientific methods, which generates numerical data and usually seeks to establish causal relationships between two or more variables, using statistical methods to test the strength and significance of the relationships.
What's Involved Observations described in words Observations measured in numbers
Starting Point A situation the researcher can observe A testable hypothesis
Goals Participants are comfortable with the researcher. They are honest and forthcoming, so that the researcher can make robust observations. Others can repeat the findings of the study. Variables are defined and correlations between them are studied.
Drawbacks If the researcher is biased, or is expecting to find certain results, it can be difficult to make completely objective observations. Researchers may be so careful about measurement methods that they do not make connections to a greater context.
Some Methods Interview, Focused group, Observation, Ethnography, Grounded Theory Survey, Randomized controlled trial, Clinical trial, Experimental Statistics

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