Knowledge and Innovation Bulletin March 2021

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Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research | Issue 4 | 24 Mar 2021

Dr Vanessa Raymont
The term “mixed methods” research refers to an emergent methodology of research that combines quantitative and qualitative methods. The basic premise is that such integration permits a more complete and synergistic use of data. Mixed methods research originated in the social sciences and has expanded into the health and medical sciences including fields such as nursing, family medicine, social work and mental health. In the last decades, its procedures have been developed and refined to suit a wide variety of research questions. Mixed methods can be an ideal technique to assess complex interventions and clinical pathways, such as Patient‐Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), which are widely used in psychiatric research, but are traditionally based around qualitative methods with patient perspectives in mind. The evaluation of PROMs provides an ideal opportunity for mixed methods research to contribute to learning about best practices, as well as effectiveness in achieving outcomes around cost, quality and patient experience of care.The impact of this type of methodology in different types of research is discussed in this edition.
 
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Dr Vanessa Raymont (Director, Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit)