Using mixed methods in disability and rehabilitation research

Thilo Kroll, M.T. Neri, Kaye Miller

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    This paper will discuss the theoretical design considerations and the practical integration of quantitative and qualitative methods in disability and rehabilitation research, which have gained recent popularity among researchers of various disciplines. Whereas quantitative experimental and survey approaches allow researchers to draw generalizable conclusions that apply to a particular population as a whole, qualitative methods capture the depth of respondents' experiences in their own words. Qualitative methods may be used to explore new topical areas prior to implementing a population-based survey, or they may follow quantitative approaches to explain findings in greater detail. We will discuss research findings from two recent studies of rehabilitation industry professionals and people with physical disabilities to exemplify the utility of mixed-method designs in disability and rehabilitation research. The article will conclude with recommendations for rehabilitation nursing researchers to apply both qualitative and quantitative methods in their research practice
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)106-113
    Number of pages8
    JournalRehabilitation Nursing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Disability
    • Methodology
    • Qualitative research


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