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The knowledge base for evidence-based nursing: a role for mixed methods research

Flemming, K. (2007) The knowledge base for evidence-based nursing: a role for mixed methods research. Advances in Nursing Science, 30 (1). pp. 41-51. ISSN 0161-9268

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Evidence-based nursing is central to the knowledge base for nursing practice. Critics of evidence-based nursing dislike the central role that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) take in providing evidence for nursing, claiming that the context and experience of nursing care are removed from evaluation. Many nursing decisions involve questions regarding the effectiveness of interventions, best evaluated by RCTs. This article explores the epistemological and practical feasibility of combining qualitative research with RCTs (mixed methods research) in evaluations of nursing practice. Through theoretical and practical examples, it proposes that mixed methods research has the potential to enhance the evidence base for nursing.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 15:21
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2009 15:21
Status: Published
Publisher: Aspen Publishers Inc
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5564

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