Mixed methods in health service research : where do we go from here?

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Title Mixed methods in health service research : where do we go from here?
Author Borglin, Gunilla
Date 2016
English abstract
In the 21st century, it is more obvious than ever before that health services research and its practitioners exist in an extremely complex contextual environment. Consequently, at the heart of understanding how to deliver an evidence base for safe and effective care in a set- ting characterised by multifaceted health care demands, is the real- isation that no one research method in isolation will suffice. This realisation, together with the REWARD group ’ s contention that 85 % of health service research conducted – and most importantly mainly funded by public money – is ‘ waste ’ , is one of the reasons why frameworks such as the MRC guidance on complex interventions, and mixed methods designs are subject to intensified attention. This plenary address aims to discuss the contribution of mixed methods to researching complex interventions within the MRC framework and to consider its place in contemporary health service research. The MRC framework for researching complex interventions has highlighted the importance of research designs including both qualitative and quantita- tive approaches. However when reviewing the literature prior to writing my chapter in our recent textbook, it was clear that designing and conducting truly mixed methods research presents health service re- searchers with a number of challenges. Predominant amongst these are the selection of designs from suggested typologies, methodological reporting, critical evaluation and most importantly ensuring that the core feature in true mixed methods (as opposed to multi-methods) de- signs – analytical and methodological integration – is implemented. To be able to conduct mixed methods approaches that are rigorously de- signed, logically executed, and transparently reported, we need to move to a position where funders, researchers, journal editors and re- search consumers demand methodological integration of methods and data from study outset, rather than as a mere afterthought in the dis- cussion section of research reports.
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Researching Complex Interventions in Health : The State of the Art (14-15 October, 2015 : Exeter, UK.)
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1274-0 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher BioMed Central
Host/Issue BMC health services research;Suppl. 1:101
Volume 16
Pages 5
Language eng (iso)
Subject Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23235 Permalink to this page
Link http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/research/healthresear... (external link to related web page)
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