mixed methods
This page provides details of some of the main research design components and how qualitative and quantitative approaches may assist with each part.
These pages are for health professionals who want to design and conduct a research project using mixed methods or to undertake a review of mixed methods studies in a health related field.
Definitions There are a variety of definitions for what mixed methods studies mean and this page will introduce several such definitions to highlight some of the confusion that exists around mixed methods terminology, but also to identify similar views of what mixed method research means.
Why should a researcher use mixed methods and/or methodologies?
Mixed methods reviews evaluate studies that employ qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology. An example of such a review has been recently published by Pluye et al. (2009) who also propose a set of quality criteria for evaluating good mixed-methods study.