A researcher can perform either qualitative or quantitative research. The divergence between the procedures lies in the focus of the researcher. Through qualitative methods, the researcher seeks to gather and present comparisons, which highlight the caliber of the data. Using quantitative methods, an individual seeks to find and review mass sources of information. Although both techniques provide an analysis of data, which provides valuable information, quantitative method enables one to interact with individuals who hold experiences on the research topic, which provides significant and research-related information.
How results of the research add to the knowledge base on evidence-based practice
Results from the health care research will provide information on the experiences of care providers and patients regarding different practices. Nurses term evidence-based practice as the future in nursing practice (Fabre, 2009). Therefore, the research will provide information, which focuses on the inter-professional approaches of using evidence to provide quality services.
The project will also contribute in the diffusion and dissemination of information in pursuit of gathering professional opinion from individuals within the field. Working with evidence requires a nurse to identify knowledge from professional sources and compare it with the research data (Fabre, 2009). Therefore, the project will entail seeking publications on the same area and making comparisons before the dissemination of information.
The research will also contribute in the end user adoption and implementation, which exists in the knowledge transfer stage (Hughes, 2008). The research process seeks to find data and analyze it, not for personal use but for knowledge transfer to other individuals within the field. The knowledge obtained during the research will play an imperative role in the institutionalization action of evidence-based practice.
Finally, the project will provide information with the purpose of knowledge creation (Hughes, 2008). In particular, the research will establish solutions to some challenges faced healthcare providers in the modern world. The research discovery and solutions will be presented for implementation in real world situations in an aim to improve health care provision.
Choice of quantitative nursing research approaches
Interviews- the approach will provide information from a large group of participants, which will offer a variety of information and feedback. Variety of feedback will facilitate the identification of a pattern.
Questionnaires- this technique will facilitate the gathering of information from a large group of participants who will pick the questionnaires and provide unbiased data Rhodes, 2013).
Reviewing records and documents to gather numeric information- reviewing documents will provide information from previous researches, which will facilitate comparison of the feedback.
The quantitative method will offer a chance to conduct research from experienced individuals.
The advantages include;
The research will gather information from a large participatory group
The research may take place through grouping the participants which allow comparison of the data.
The large participation will allow for generalization of the knowledge for the broader population.
The method provides rating the information
It acts as an informative approach for the instantiation of policy and guidelines
It allows the implementation of statistical techniques, which allow researchers to determine relationships between variables (Stevens, 2013).
Research will impart to the evolution of knowledge and dissemination of information to other health care providers. In addition, it will serve as the basis for implementation and institutionalization. The quantitative approach will facilitate the grouping and analysis of data using various statistical approaches.
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