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Implementing the actor-partner interdependence model for dyadic data analysis: an overview for the nurse researcher

25 September 2019

Nurse Researcher

statistical techniques

Background The actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) is widely used to study people with close relationships, such as patients and their partners. However, the...

Decision-tables for choosing commonly applied inferential statistical tests in comparative and correlation studies

17 October 2019

Nurse Researcher

Quantitative research

Background Nurse researchers are increasingly using a wide variety of inferential statistical tests. However, novice researchers might find choosing tests for their...

Complementing the P-value from null-hypothesis significance testing with a Bayes factor from null-hypothesis Bayesian testing

05 November 2020

Nurse Researcher

bayesian analysis

Background Classical frequentist statistics, including null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST), dominates nursing and medical research analysis. However, there...

Reliability and validity in research

12 July 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines reliability and validity as ways to demonstrate the rigour and trustworthiness of quantitative and qualitative research. The authors discuss...

Predictors of uncertainty in parents of children living with chronic conditions

19 February 2019

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence and practice

Background Uncertainty in illness implies no meaning has been attributed to an illness event. Although many studies focus on this issue in adults, there is limited...

Comparison of suture types in the closure of scalp wounds

08 June 2011

Emergency Nurse


Innovation in practice can benefit patients and healthcare providers but must be evidence based. This article describes a quantitative study of whether absorbable...

Understanding quantitative research: part 1

01 January 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning zone continuing professional development

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 philosophy: towards an understanding

01 October 2003

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

In this paper, Frank Crossan argues that the distinction between quantitative and qualitative philosophies and research methods is sometimes overstated, and that...

Deciding on a mixed-methods design in a doctoral study

22 October 2010

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Research in social science, including nursing, can be broadly split into two main types, qualitative and quantitative. Each has strengths and weaknesses. In some...

Quantitative and qualitative research data and their relevance to policy and practice

01 July 2008

Nurse Researcher


Crotty (2003) suggests that when taking into account human knowledge and the status and value that can be attributed to it, the four basic elements of any research...