The Growing Importance of Mixed-Methods Research in Health

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https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v12i1.43633

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Epidemiologic Study Characteristics, Research Design, Qualitative Research

Abstract

This paper illustrates the growing importance of mixed-methods research to a wide range of health disciplines ranging from nursing to epidemiology. Mixed-methods approaches requires not only the skills of the individual quantitative and qualitative methods but also a skill set to bring two methods/datasets/findings together in the most appropriate way. Health researchers need to pay careful attention to the ‘best’ approach to designing, implementing, analysing, integrating both quantitative (number) and qualitative (word) information and writing this up in a way that enhances its applicability and broadens the evidence-based practice. This paper highlights the strengths and weaknesses of mixed-methods approaches as well as some of the common mistakes made by researchers applying mixed-methods for the first time.

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Author Biographies

Sharada Prasad Wasti, Senior Research Fellow, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

PhD, Senior Research Fellow, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Padam Simkhada, Associate Dean International and Professor of Global Health, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

PhD, Associate Dean International and Professor of Global Health,

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK

Edwin van Teijlingen, Professor, Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor

PhD, Professor, Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor

Brijesh Sathian, Geriatrics and long term care Department, Rumailah Hospital, Doha, Qatar

PhD, Scientist, Geriatrics and long term care Department, Rumailah Hospital, Doha, Qatar

Indrajit Banerjee, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College, Belle Rive, Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius

MD, Associate Professor, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College, Belle Rive, Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius

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Published

2022-03-31

How to Cite

Wasti, S. P., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Sathian, B., & Banerjee, I. (2022). The Growing Importance of Mixed-Methods Research in Health . Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 12(1), 1175–1178. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v12i1.43633

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Short Communications