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Mixed methods in the health sciences

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By Elizabeth J Halcomb, Sharon Andrew

Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-921348-93-8
Pages: ii+142
Imprint: eContent Management



Elizabeth Halcomb

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney

and Sharon Andrew

Department of Acute Care, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK

 You are truly in for a special treat in this edition of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (IJMRA) on applications in the health sciences. From a mixed methods perspective, the call for manuscripts has resulted in a spectrum of interesting papers. Through maximum variation sampling, our editors have selected a full course of tasty dishes for your dining pleasure. The perspectives include prescriptive, clinical, public health and conceptual. Contributors come from Australia, Columbia, Malaysia, Scotland and United States. For starters, the prescriptive piece provides guidelines for writing mixed methods research (Leech et al., 2011). The empirical papers address content areas in the health sciences, from efficiently getting past the medical receptionist (Hall et al., 2011) to quality improvement approaches implemented in the neurosurgical critical care setting, by assessing patient satisfaction with the care provided (Andrew et al., 2011) in an ICU seeking to decrease life-threatening medical complications (Soh et al., 2011), and nurses’, caregivers’ and patients’ views on importance and satisfaction with aged care (Hickman et al., 2011). From a public health perspective, this edition features work evaluating an intervention to decrease aggression (Ungar et al., 2011), utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods for research with people who have disabilities (Kroll, 2011), and grasping the reality of the lives of child protective workers (O’Reilly et al., 2011). The conceptual paper addresses integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches in phenomenology (Fisher & Stenner, 2011).

Based on the menu and courses served in this IJMRA edition, I am sure you’ll find you had a delightful dining discourse, though I think, you will be hungry for even more. While not blessed with the gift of gastromancy, I still feel safe predicting continued experimentation and methodological treats in the application of multiple research approaches in the health sciences. Inspired by the exemplary fusions of findings published here, I look forward to the growing ranks of multiple research methods researchers submitting additional studies so the multiple methods community can savor the results of many diverse recipes!

Table of Contents

  Editorial: Dinner is served: A full course of multiple research approaches for your health sciences methodological appetite
Michael D Fetters
  Writing publishable mixed research articles: Guidelines for emerging scholars in the health sciences and beyond
Nancy L Leech, Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, Julie P Combs
  Where there is no gold standard: Mixed method research in a cluster randomised trial of a tool for safe prioritising of patients by medical receptionists
Sally J Hall, Christine B Phillips, Phillip Gray, Amanda Barnard, Kym Batt
  Can focus groups be used for longitudinal evaluation? Findings from the Medellin early prevention of aggression program
Michael Ungar, Luis F Duque, Dora Hernandez
  Beyond the ceiling effect: Using a mixed methods approach to measure patient satisfaction
Sharon Andrew, Yenna Salamonson, Bronwyn Everett, Elizabeth J Halcomb, Patricia M Davidson
  Designing mixed methods studies in health-related research with people with disabilities
Thilo Kroll
  INHospital study: Do older people, carers and nurses share the same priorities of care in the acute aged care setting?
Louise D Hickman, Patricia M Davidson, Esther Chang, Lynn Chenoweth
  Integrating qualitative and quantitative research approaches via the phenomenological method
William Paul Fisher, A Jackson Stenner
  Factors to drive clinical practice improvement in a Malaysian intensive care unit: Assessment of organisational readiness using a mixed method approach
Kim Lam Soh, Patricia M Davidson, Gavin Leslie, Michelle DiGiacomo, John X Rolley, Kim Geok Soh, Aisai Bin Abd Rahman
  Child protection workers: What they do
Rebecca O'Reilly, Lauretta Luck, Lesley Wilkes, Debra Jackson
  Epilogue: From 'should we be?' to 'how are we': Moving forward with mixed methods health research
Sharon Andrew, Elizabeth J Halcomb

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