Understanding quantitative research: part 1
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Understanding quantitative research: part 1

Juanita Hoe Senior clinical research associate, Research Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College London, London
Zoë Hoare Clinical trials statistician, Bangor University, Bangor

This article, which is the first in a two-part series, provides an introduction to understanding quantitative research, basic statistics and terminology used in research articles. Critical appraisal of research articles is essential to ensure that nurses remain up to date with evidence-based practice to provide consistent and high-quality nursing care. This article focuses on developing critical appraisal skills and understanding the use and implications of different quantitative approaches to research. Part two of this article will focus on explaining common statistical terms and the presentation of statistical data in quantitative research.

Nursing Standard. 27, 15,52-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.12.27.15.52.c9485

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