Essay Differences Between Qualitative And Qualitative Research

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The profession of nursing has drastically changed and evolved over the past few decades and with these changes nurses are expected to adopt evidence-based practice (EBP). EBP is defined as "the use of the newest evidence in making patient care decisions and such evidence typically comes from research conducted by nurses and other health care professionals" (Polit & Beck, 2014, p.2). Additionally, research has shown "patients who receive care based on evidence from well-designed studies experience nearly 30 percent better outcomes" (Bennett, 2009). Furthermore, implementing evidence-based research into practice leads to improved patient outcomes and cost-savings across the continuum of care. Finally, there are two general types of research methods, qualitative and quantitative, which are used to create evidence based research.
Let us first take a look at the differences and similarities between qualitative and quantitative research. Qualitative research is when information is investigated and gathered through observing, listening and through real-life experiences and is more subjective. The data is usually more in-depth and involves fewer cases or the research is on a smaller scale. In contrast, during quantitative research, investigators progress through a series of steps and have the ability to control the research situation in order to minimize bias (Polit & Beck, 2014). These are often investigations in which numbers are used to measure variables and create…

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