Qualitative and quantitative data methods are very different. Mixed method is the use of using qualitative and quantitative methods together. Quantitative methods are used to test hypothesis and make predictions using measure amounts and describes an event using figures which examines numbers and bias is removed. Qualitative methods describe the kind and quality of a subject while interpreting and attempting to understand an event. This method focuses on a few or a single person and can lead to bias. Researchers believe in health care both methods should be used in research.
Advantages of using both include:
Disadvantages of using both include:
With this being said mixed methods research is valuable and it provides to improve student learning about different research studies.
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