810 – M5 Discussion Question:
Describe Qualitative Research in evidence based practice.
What is the difference between qualitative and quantitative research?
What are the advantages and limitations of using qualitative research design?
Qualitative strategies for the DNP are used primarily when the project is mainly focused on processes rather than outcomes. The DNP is interested in understanding and meaning associated with various phenomena. Qualitative research and projects are founded in the traditions of science and uses an inductive reasoning approach. Qualitative methods provide rich evaluation data for decision making. As with other scientific traditions, there are common characteristics to all qualitative studies and projects that are reflected in the essential elements of the research process. This module provides information regarding those foundational essential elements.
Upon the completion of this module, you will be able to:
Explain the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research.
Describe the advantages and limitations of using qualitative research design.
Explain the common essential elements of qualitative research design in choosing an approach:
Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization, or community against national benchmarks to determine variances in practice outcomes and population trends.
Design, direct, and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
Source: AACN. (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for advanced nursing practice.
Read Chapters 7, 9, and 13 in your Mateo & Foreman course text.
Chapter 7: Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks
Chapter 9: Qualitative Research for Nursing Practice
Chapter 13: Psychosocial Data Collection Methods
Visit the Research Methods Knowledge Base web site and review the information about Qualitative Measures.
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