Advocating mixed-methods approaches in health research

H MacKenzie Bryers, E VanTeijlingen, E Pitchforth
2014 Nepal Journal of Epidemiology  
This methods paper provides researchers in Nepal with a broad overview of the practical and philosophical aspects of mixed-methods research. The three authors have a wideranging expertise in planning and conducting mixedmethods studies. The paper outlines the different paradigms or philosophies underlying quantitative and qualitative methods and some of the on-going debates about mixed-methods. The paper further highlights a number of practical issues, such as (a) the particular mix and order
more » ... lar mix and order of quantitative and qualitative methods; (b) the way of integrating methods from different philosophical stance; and (c) how to synthesise mixed-methods findings. Methodology & Methods in healthcare research The terms methodology and methods are sometimes used interchangeably, but each has a distinct meaning. Methodology is the theory, sometimes referred to as the paradigm, behind the technical tools or methods which are used to gather and analyse information 6 . This distinction between methodology and methods is important in our understanding of mixed-methods. Until recently, two distinct research methodologies were recognised. The positivist paradigm is based on objectivism, rational and scientific assumptions that nature is an ordered and complex phenomenon best understood by reducing it to basic quantitative parts 7 Advocating mixed-methods approaches
doi:10.3126/nje.v4i5.12018 fatcat:wl2l7ordpjbd7ifsj6inj5t2u4