Mixed -Methods Designs
Mixed -Methods Designs
Mixed -Methods Designs are the use of both the qualitative and quantitative research methods in a particular study (Polit & Beck, 2016). Due to the complex nature of the nursing profession, both the qualitative and quantitative research designs must be used collaboratively to provide accurate information to help in the decision-making process. The collaborative use of both the research designs is determined by the reason and objectives of the study (Polit & Beck, 2016).
The qualitative aspect is based on important non-numerical data, which can give useful information to the researcher regarding certain phenomena while the quantitative aspect involves the use of statistical data where a researcher uses the sampling strategy, which involves collecting different samples from different population groups, which is analyzed, and results are generalized to a broader population (Polit & Beck, 2016). This design is useful if carrying out a research involving a large population. The data collected from the qualitative design is mixed with the data collected from the quantitative design and analyzed depending on the goals and objectives of the study to give a result (Polit & Beck, 2016). The use of the mixed-methods designs is beneficial to researchers since a case study or a research problem is analyzed from all perspectives providing major details regarding the study, which is important to researchers (Polit & Beck, 2016).
Some of the limitations of mixed-methods designs involve the complexity in the data analysis (Polit & Beck, 2016). Since data has been collected using two different research designs, there will be multiple processes and methods to analyze the data incurring so much resources, which include time and money (Polit & Beck, 2016). The use of mixed-methods designs requires a skilled and experienced researcher, which may be a challenge to find. The researcher must also be well trained in the collection of information and in the analysis of the data without distorting the original purpose. This is discouraging to many researchers who opt out of using this research design (Polit & Beck, 2016).
Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2016). Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.