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Nursing Research: Quantitative or Qualitative?

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Finding Research Articles

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  • Enter Key Words
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Identifying Quantitative Articles

Quantitative methods are used most often with research questions that focus on numbers and effectiveness of specific treatments. Look for key words like these:

  • Before-and-after
  • Chi Square Test
  • Cohort
  • Confidence Interval
  • Control Group
  • Cross sectional
  • Experimental
  • Intervention
  • Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Pretest-Posttest
  • Randomized
  • Regression Analysis
  • …. Scale
  • Treatment outcomes
  • [names of specific tests used]

Identifying Quantitiative and Qualitative Practice

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Identifying Qualitative Articles

Qualitative methods are used most often with research questions that focus on perceptions and experiences. Look for key words like these:

  • Case Study
  • Content Analysis
  • Documentary Analysis
  • Ethnographic
  • Experiences
  • Field Notes
  • Focus Group
  • Grounded Theory
  • Interviews
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Observation
  • Open Ended
  • Participatory
  • Perceptions
  • Phenomenological
  • Qualitative

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