Question Description

Please Respond to these discussions APA format with a reference

Discussion 1

The advantages of using both methods is simple. By using qualitative research, the researcher can explore the reasons for the research; after all, it is primarily used as an exploratory tool for the problem. “Qualitative research is a systematic, subjective approach used to describe life experiences and situations and give them meaning” (Burns, Gray & Grove, 2015, p.19)

For example, a problem such as catheter acquired urinary tract infection can be seen as a problem that happens too often while a patient is hospitalized. In order for the researcher to substantiate the reasons for the problem and attempt to find a solution, the qualitative research can determine what the patients feelings behind the problem are. If the researcher observes similar statements from those polled, then he or she can begin to figure out how to lower the cases of CAUTI.

Many patients do not ask questions. They assume that if the doctor says you need it, they must have that procedure, medication or treatment done. If the patient is informed about the use of a catheter, why they need it, how long it should inserted, how to care for it, the chances of acquiring an infection may be reduced. Also, a group of experts in a hospital can also be used for qualitative research. This group can identify the possible sources of the problem and that group can begin to come up with a solution.

On the other hand, quantitative research is needed to collect data and measure the outcomes. It is a way to determine if the hypothesis (solution to the problem) is actually working. Qualitative research in conceptualizing, planning, implementing, and communication the findings of a research project (Burns, Gray, & Grove, 2015). By using both methods, readers can find more validity to the study. So one method is used to gather reasons for the problem and the other can be used to measure the results of the outcome or solution to the problem.


Burns, N., Gray, J., & Grove, S. K. (2015). Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Discussion 2

The main reason why people get into research is to acquire new knowledge while refining on what they already know (Grove, Gray, & Burns, 2015). It is true that all research studies carried out must rely on evidence. This is particularly useful to the nursing profession where there is need to have evidence-based practices (EBP) which will be used to create better patient handling mechanisms. Both quantitative and qualitative researches are applied depending on the need for the research. The results in these two may not be the same hence there is need to use them together (Grove et al., 2015).

The two methods have different approaches thus some people may find it hard to use both of them. There is a notion that using subjective elements in qualitative research may negate the objective findings through quantitative research (Smith, 2015). Another limitation of using both methods is the need for extra collaboration and engagement amongst all participants of the study. This leads to extra work in getting similarities in the data collected. The advantage however is that having both of them gives multiple perspectives and a deeper insight into the research issue (Wienclaw, 2015). By combining the two, it is possible to study not only observable behaviors, but the internal reasons behind such behaviors (Smith). It is also better to engage both methodologies in your study in order to gain a clear view of real-world behavior which is necessary in leading to EBP in the nursing profession (Wienclaw, 2015).


Grove, K., Gray, R., & Burns, N. (2015). Understanding nursing research (6th ed.) [Vital Source digital version]. St Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Smith, T. (2015). Qualitative and quantitative research. Research Starters: Education (Online Edition). Retrieved from…

Wienclaw, A. (2015). Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. Research Starters: Sociology (Online Edition). Retrieved from…

Discussion 3

The topic of qualitative research dates back to the 1920 and 1930 period that focus was on human groups. (Ailinger, R., 2003). The anthropologists, sociologists used qualitative research methods in a natural setting and from a holistic approach in the beginning. (Ailinger, R., 2003). From that point started the nursing research focused on evidence-based practice. The was the initial started of qualitative research questions. Over the years has lead the nursing community to an evidence-based model. In the next ten years of research directed the focus into an accountability in nursing research, that lead to term of evidence-based practice. This term is still very new and much to be learned and developed. It is not until the accountability, drive of the nurse to guide practice based on this knowledge and passion that evidence-based practice will fulfill itself. (Ailinger, R., 2003).

The development of qualitative research had to be formed, so many questions needed to be asked and structure of qualitative research questions began. Research methods developed to study the human and a naturalistic setting with a holistic viewpoint. (Ailinger, R., 2003). The qualitative research was the method of choice, developed into four areas or patterns of knowing. (Fawcett, et al., 2001).