Introduction to mixed methods research for nursing and the health sciences
In recent years there has been an increased interest in formal mixed methods research, although for many years researchers have reported the findings of qualitative and qualitative data collection methods within the one study. As a methodology, mixed methods is more than simply the ad hoc combination of qualitative and quantitative data in a single study. It involves the planned mixing of qualitative and quantitative methods at a predetermined stage of the research process, be it during the initial study planning, the process of data collection, data analysis or reporting, in order to better answer the research question.
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