Reconciling methodological approaches of survey and focus group
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Reconciling methodological approaches of survey and focus group

Muili Lawal Senior lecturer in adult health, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University, London, UK

Muili Lawal explains how to use two research methologies with different philosophical underpinnings

The aim of research, be it qualitative or quantitative is either to predict, describe or explain a phenomena and add to the body of knowledge within the context of a philosophical belief. Each study generates knowledge in line with a chosen paradigm, and uses appropriate data collection methods. Two such methods are surveys and focus groups, each of which will be chosen according to the aim of the research.

Nurse Researcher. 17, 1, 54-61. doi: 10.7748/nr2009.

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