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Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Research: A Practical Primer

by Leslie A Curry and Marcella Nunez-Smith SAGE Publications, Inc
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Mixed Methods in Health Sciences Research: A Practical Primer, by Leslie Curry and Marcella Nunez-Smith, presents key theories, concepts, and approaches in an accessible way. Packed with illustrations from the health sciences literature, this ready-to-use guidebook shows readers how to design, conduct, review, and use mixed methods research findings. Helpful checklists, figures, tables, templates, and much more give readers examples that will elevate the quality of their research, facilitate communication about their methods, and improve efficiency over the course of their projects.

Real-world examples and insights from mixed methods researchers provide unique perspectives on every aspect of mixed methods research. This book successfully pulls together foundational mixed methods principles, synthesizes the knowledge base in the field, and translates it for a health science researcher audience. and ldquo;The content is highly applicable to real life research teams in the areas of clinical research, health services research, and implementation science, providing sound content and practical advice. The authors have synthesized and pull key concepts from a variety of sources to provide a concise resource. And rdquo; and mdash;Linda M. Herrick, South Dakota State University and ldquo;Everything from the references, to the topics, checklists, conceptual graphic representations, and organizers, interviews, and resources, all contribute to the content and aid with understanding and/or application. And hellip; It addresses specific MM research as it pertains to health sciences in a way that other texts just do not even attempt. And rdquo; and mdash;Denise L. Winsor, University of Memphis and ldquo; a very pragmatic approach to mixed methods research; excellent resources, tables, and figures provided, along with cases and examples of value to researchers and grant reviewers. Its relevance to practice, education, and research, as well as to potential policy implications, is a strong focus that would make this a valued textbook for any researcher! And rdquo; and mdash;Karen Devereaux Melillo, University of Massachusetts Lowell and ldquo;The text is cutting edge. It leads the way with its focus on team dynamics. Succeed in making the book relevant and practical. They also articulate a number of key insights in the area of mixed methods that rarely get addressed, such as teams and conflict. Great read with a lot of good, practical information for mixed methods researchers at all levels. The practical approach of this text makes it an innovative and valuable resource. And rdquo; and mdash;John G. Schumacher, University of Maryland

Part I: Mixed Methods 101
Chapter 1: Definition and Overview of Mixed Methods Designs
Definition and Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research
Key Factors in Mixed Methods Research Designs
Primary Mixed Methods Study Designs
Examples From Peer-Reviewed Published Literature
Chapter 2: Applications and Illustrations of Mixed Methods Health Sciences Research
Relevance of Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences
Illustrations From Mixed Methods Studies in the Health Sciences
Chapter 3: Determining the Appropriateness and Feasibility of Using Mixed Methods
Defining the Nature of the Research Question
Developing the Rationale and Aims for a Mixed Methods Study
Key Considerations at the Planning Stage of a Project to Determine Feasibility
Part II: Getting Mixed Methods Research Funded
Chapter 4: Writing a Scientifically Sound and Compelling Grant Proposal for a Mixed Methods Study
Before You Write
Trends in Funding for Mixed Methods Studies
Writing a Mixed Methods Proposal
Chapter 5: Examples of Funded Grant Applications Using Mixed Methods
Real-World Examples of National Institutes of Health Grant Applications
Tips From the Field
Chapter 6: Assessing Quality in Mixed Methods Studies
The Importance of Research Quality for Different Audiences
Common Standards of Quality in Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Additional Standards for Quality in Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Studies
Examples of Threats to Quality in the Design and Conduct of Mixed Methods Studies
Part III: Designing and Implementing a Mixed Methods Study
Chapter 7: Sampling and Data Collection in Mixed Methods Studies
Principles of Sound Sampling
Principles of Sampling in Mixed Methods Studies
Practices of Sampling in Mixed Methods Studies
Approaches to Data Collection in Mixed Methods Studies
Chapter 8: Data Analysis and Integration in Mixed Methods Studies
Importance of Integration of Mixed Methods Data
Developing a Data Analysis Plan
Approaches to Integration in Data Collection and Analysis
Implementing Data Integration
Integration in Interpreting and Presenting Findings
Chapter 9: Managing Mixed Methods Teams
Why Think About Mixed Methods Teams?
Mixed Methods Teams as Representational Groups
Considerations and Guiding Principles for Managing Teams
Single Investigator Research
Chapter 10: Implementation Issues in Mixed Methods Research
Working With Human Research Protection Programs
Recommendations for Preparing a Strong Mixed Methods Application for Human Research Protection Program Review
Key Issues for Specific Mixed Methods Design Types
Implementation Challenges and Strategies From the Field
Part IV: Disseminating Findings
Chapter 11: Publishing Mixed Methods Studies in the Health Sciences
Challenges and Opportunities in Publishing Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences
Developing a Publication Strategy and Plan
Responding to Peer Reviews for Mixed Methods Studies
Example of Letter for Revision and Resubmission

Given the increased use of mixed methods in the health sciences, this text is timely and unique in that it offers a discipline-specific focus that is both relevant and practical... an excellent and valuable resource for all health researchers using mixed methods, regardless of experience.  
Leslie Curry is an internationally-recognized expert in mixed methods research For two decades, she has conducted extramurally-funded studies using these methods to examine health care delivery and quality in diverse settings and the scale up of health care innovations, with emphasis on translating her research into policy and practice. Leslie has extensive experience in teaching, mentoring, and consulting on qualitative and mixed methods with a wide range of researchers in the health sciences. She brings this experience to the book in order to include essential information needed to address the questions commonly asked by students and colleagues. Marcella Nunez-Smith is a practicing physician and researcher who has been awarded multiple grants from the U. S. National Institutes of Health and foundations to lead qualitative and mixed methods projects. She brings a unique vantage point as a traditionally-trained health services and clinical researcher who subsequently incorporated mixed methods approaches into her established research portfolio. Marcella also regularly reviews manuscripts and grant applications utilizing these methods. She seeks to bridge her mixed methods knowledge with the pragmatic needs of health sciences researchers.