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RESEARCH SERIES NO. 24
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-147

Mixed-methods research: Why, when and how to use


Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore Chittoor Campus, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Dorothy Lall
Department of Community Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore Chittoor Campus, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcn.ijcn_107_21

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Mixed-methods research emerged in the late 1970s as a methodological approach that uses both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods in one single study. In this article, I present an overview of what mixed-methods research is and identify its defining features. Key considerations in designing mixed-methods research are priority, sequence, stage of integration and use of theory. Each of these is discussed briefly with pointers that could serve as a starting point in designing a mixed-methods research. There is a brief description of the core mixed-methods research designs, namely convergent, exploratory sequential and explanatory sequential, with some examples relevant to the Indian context. Finally, I present some challenges commonly faced in conducting mixed-methods research.


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