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Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Research

This must-have mixed methods resource for any health science researcher presents key theories, concepts, and approaches in an accessible way. Packed with illustrations from the health sciences literature, this ready-to-use guidebook shows readers how to design, conduct, review, and use mixed methods research findings. Helpful checklists, figures, tables, templates, and much more give readers examples that will elevate the quality of their research, facilitate communication about their methods, and improve efficiency over the course of their projects. Real-world examples and insights from mixed methods researchers provide unique perspectives on every aspect of mixed methods research. This book successfully pulls together foundational mixed methods principles, synthesizes the knowledge base in the field, and translates it for a health science researcher audience.
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Part I: Mixed Methods 101Chapter 1: Definition and Overview of Mixed Methods Designs Definition and Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research Key Factors in Mixed Methods Research Designs Primary Mixed Methods Study Designs Examples From Peer-Reviewed Published LiteratureChapter 2: Applications and Illustrations of Mixed Methods Health Sciences Research Relevance of Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences Illustrations From Mixed Methods Studies in the Health SciencesChapter 3: Determining the Appropriateness and Feasibility of Using Mixed Methods Defining the Nature of the Research Question Developing the Rationale and Aims for a Mixed Methods Study Key Considerations at the Planning Stage of a Project to Determine FeasibilityPart II: Getting Mixed Methods Research FundedChapter 4: Writing a Scientifically Sound and Compelling Grant Proposal for a Mixed Methods Study Before You Write Trends in Funding for Mixed Methods Studies Writing a Mixed Methods ProposalChapter 5: Examples of Funded Grant Applications Using Mixed Methods Real-World Examples of National Institutes of Health Grant Applications Tips From the FieldChapter 6: Assessing Quality in Mixed Methods Studies The Importance of Research Quality for Different Audiences Common Standards of Quality in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Additional Standards for Quality in Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Studies Examples of Threats to Quality in the Design and Conduct of Mixed Methods StudiesPart III: Designing and Implementing a Mixed Methods StudyChapter 7: Sampling and Data Collection in Mixed Methods Studies Principles of Sound Sampling Principles of Sampling in Mixed Methods Studies Practices of Sampling in Mixed Methods Studies Approaches to Data Collection in Mixed Methods StudiesChapter 8: Data Analysis and Integration in Mixed Methods Studies Importance of Integration of Mixed Methods Data Developing a Data Analysis Plan Approaches to Integration in Data Collection and Analysis Implementing Data Integration Integration in Interpreting and Presenting FindingsChapter 9: Managing Mixed Methods Teams Why Think About Mixed Methods Teams? Mixed Methods Teams as Representational Groups Considerations and Guiding Principles for Managing Teams Single Investigator ResearchChapter 10: Implementation Issues in Mixed Methods Research Working With Human Research Protection Programs Recommendations for Preparing a Strong Mixed Methods Application for Human Research Protection Program Review Key Issues for Specific Mixed Methods Design Types Implementation Challenges and Strategies From the FieldPart IV: Disseminating FindingsChapter 11: Publishing Mixed Methods Studies in the Health Sciences Challenges and Opportunities in Publishing Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences Developing a Publication Strategy and Plan Responding to Peer Reviews for Mixed Methods Studies Example of Letter for Revision and Resubmission

About the Author

Leslie Curry is an internationally-recognized expert in mixed methods research. For two decades, she has conducted extramurally-funded studies using these methods to examine health care delivery and quality in diverse settings and the scale up of health care innovations, with emphasis on translating her research into policy and practice. Leslie has extensive experience in teaching, mentoring, and consulting on qualitative and mixed methods with a wide range of researchers in the health sciences. She brings this experience to the book in order to include essential information needed to address the questions commonly asked by students and colleagues. Marcella Nunez-Smith is a practicing physician and researcher who has been awarded multiple grants from the U. S. National Institutes of Health and foundations to lead qualitative and mixed methods projects. She brings a unique vantage point as a traditionally-trained health services and clinical researcher who subsequently incorporated mixed methods approaches into her established research portfolio. Marcella also regularly reviews manuscripts and grant applications utilizing these methods. She seeks to bridge her mixed methods knowledge with the pragmatic needs of health sciences researchers.


Given the increased use of mixed methods in the health sciences, this text is timely and unique in that it offers a discipline-specific focus that is both relevant and practical... an excellent and valuable resource for all health researchers using mixed methods, regardless of experience. -- David Nelson, Macmillan research fellow, University of Lincoln "The text is cutting edge. It leads the way with its focus on team dynamics. [The authors] succeed in making the book relevant and practical. They also articulate a number of key insights in the area of mixed methods that rarely get addressed, such as teams and conflict. Great read with a lot of good, practical information for mixed methods researchers at all levels. The practical approach of this text makes it an innovative and valuable resource." -- John G. Schumacher, University of Maryland "[This text is] a very pragmatic approach to mixed methods research; excellent resources, tables, and figures [are] provided, along with cases and examples of value to researchers and grant reviewers. Its relevance to practice, education, and research, as well as to potential policy implications, is a strong focus that would make this a valued textbook for any researcher!" -- Karen Devereaux Melillo, University of Massachusetts Lowell "Everything from the references, to the topics, checklists, conceptual graphic representations, and organizers, interviews, and resources, all contribute to the content and aid with understanding and/or application. ...It addresses specific MM research as it pertains to health sciences in a way that other texts just do not even attempt." -- Denise L. Winsor, University of Memphis "The content is highly applicable to real life research teams in the areas of clinical research, health services research, and implementation science, providing sound content and practical advice. The authors have synthesized and pull key concepts from a variety of sources to provide a concise resource." -- Linda M. Herrick, South Dakota State University

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