Methods research is a combination of qualitive and quantitative data that are
used for a broader understanding of a study. This allows qualitive data to be
supported by quantitative data and to help better explain the research topic. Justifying
the diverse types of research allows for a stronger hypothesis and a more
accurate conclusion. The strengths and weaknesses of the different types of research
methods rely mainly on the type of study you are trying to focus on. Qualitative
and quantitative data can go hand in hand a lot of the times. “During data
analysis, qualitative data can assist with interpreting, clarifying,
describing, and validating quantitative results” (Doorenbos, 2014). Quantitative
data can be used to support qualitative data by providing the numerical evidence
in various forms. This can especially be helpful when trying to decide which
type of population would be the most beneficial for a qualitative study. When new
technology arises, and is not yet well understood, mixed method research can be
of great benefit to help better interpret the new concept. Mixed methods also
have some weaknesses compared to a single study, being that they are more time
consuming can sometimes lead to unequal evidence, and can be hard to interpret the
many different findings. Mixed methods research can sometimes be more difficult
to comprehend rather than a single method (Wisdom, Cavaleri, Onwuegbuzie &
in the healthcare setting is by far one of the most controversy topics that happen
every shift. “Although teamwork is cited
as an essential component of both communication and a safety-oriented culture,
effective teamwork is often absent in healthcare settings and requires
cultivation. According to TJC, communication is one of the leading causes of
patient sentinel events” (Gaston, Short, Ralyea, & Casterline, 2016). The
article, Promoting Patient Safety: Results of a TeamSTEPPS Initiative, used a mixed
methods research approach to conduct this study. The study benefitted from this
approach because it allowed quantitative data to support the evidence from the questionnaire’s.
The quantitative results from the questionnaires are more convincing when
others can see the percentages behind the research to hopefully make change for
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