Research Impact: Mixed methods are increasingly popular in the health and social sciences. Several strategies to integrate qualitative and quantitative strategies have been proposed, but their conceptualization is usually not empirically tested. Based on the methodological literature, we developed a conceptual framework including types of integration and practical strategies, and possible combinations. Then, we tested this framework using 93 health-related mixed methods studies with a method-detailed description, which illustrated all types of combinations. Our work contributes to advance methodological knowledge on mixed methods through a tested conceptualisation comprising 3 types of integration and 9 specific strategies, which illustrate current and future possibilities for combining strategies to integrate qualitative and quantitative phases, results, and data.
Pluye, P., Bengoechea, E. G., Granikov, V., Kaur, N., Tang, D. L. (2018). A world of possibilities in mixed methods: Review of the combinations of strategies used to integrate the phases, results and qualitative and quantitative data. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 10(1), 41–56.
Article is part of a special issue on mixed methods research that can be found at: http://ijmra.org/inaugural-special-issue/