Quote from llg
What worries me the most is that most nurses -- including most nursing leaders and intructors -- are woefully underprepared to deal with the complex issues involved in the research process. For the most part, we are a discipline of ameteurs trying to "catch up" to the other, more scholarly disciplines. It's a dangerous game to play.
Excellent point, llg. What measures would you propose to give nurse researchers a better, well-rounded foundation? ....Perhaps more involvement with interdisciplinary or collaborative research projects? I am only a novice in this area, but I find nursing research refreshing in that it tends to be more holistic - by employing both
qualitative and quantitative research. Other disciplines tend to rely heavily (if not exclusively) on quantitative research designs.
Qualitative research focuses on human experience within its full context rather than attempting to isolate a small portion of it through research design or statistical control. In this way, it is holistic. Strengths of qualitative research: development of instruments; exploratory phase of psychosocial interventions; measurement of attitudes, concerns, and opinions. Qualitative methods allow the examination of areas inaccessible to quantitative methods. They are more suited to understanding complex topics than to showing their relevance. Qualitative research is important when little is known about a topic because it can identify factors of influence. Often the discoveries of qualitative research generate hypotheses to use for quantitative research.
Quantitative research, IMHO, tends to be reductionist (all human health problems can be reduced to constituent parts).