Qualitative Research & Nursing

4 April 2015
Examines this methodological approach, compared to quantitative, techniques, interviewing, implications for nursing.

Nursing research increasingly is moving away from quantitative research methods, towards qualitative techniques to describe and give meaning to life experiences. Participant observation is a popular way of collecting data in qualitative research. Quantitative research methods concentrate mainly on issues of cause and effect (Martin, 1995, p. 44). Research data may be evaluated through the application of either quantitative or qualitative analytical procedures (Guba, 1990, pp. 24-35). Quantitative approaches are more easily defined than are qualitative procedures, because qualitative research may refer to either the way data are measured or the way such data are evaluated (Summers, Peters, & Armstrong, 1994, p. 7)….
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