Deciding on a mixed-methods design in a doctoral study
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Deciding on a mixed-methods design in a doctoral study

Zaid Al-Hamdan Assistant professor, Faculty of nursing, Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan
Denis Anthony Professor of nursing, School of nursing and midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Research in social science, including nursing, can be broadly split into two main types, qualitative and quantitative. Each has strengths and weaknesses. In some studies both methods are employed. In all cases the method chosen should answer the question set, rather than simply reflect the preferences of the researcher. This article outlines how the authors, one of whom was studying for a doctorate in nursing (Al-Hamdan 2008), the other who was the supervisor, determined the most appropriate research method to use for the doctorate.

Nurse Researcher. 18, 1, 45-56. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.

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