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2007 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

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National Meeting 2007

2008 — Mixed Methodology: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Rittman MR (Gainesville) , Forman J (Ann Arbor), Friedemann-Sanchez G (Minneapolis), Boylstein C (Gainesville), Damschroder L (Ann Arbor), Partin M (Minneapolis), Hogan M (Ann Arbor), Griffin J (Minneapolis), Heisler M (Ann Arbor)

Workshop Objectives:
1. Identify three applications for using mixed methods in health services research. 2. Describe study design, data analyses, and challenges related to the three applications of mixed methods designs. 3. Contrast and compare the analytical and descriptive scope of the methods presented.

Activities:
This workshop includes didactic presentations on three qualitative approaches that can be incorporated into mixed methods study designs in health services research. In addition to the didactic portion, presenters will engage the audience in exploring ways to align methods with research goals and in developing approaches to analyze and manage data. We will use three studies to highlight the three approaches: 1. Incorporating qualitative methods to enhance quantitative findings in evaluations of intervention studies, using an example of an intervention to improve medication adherence and appropriate intensification among veterans with hypertension and diabetes. 2. Using group interviews and survey methods to understand gender differences in attitudes and preferences about colorectal screening. 3. Triangulating qualitative and quantitative data in a longitudinal study to develop culturally sensitive stroke recovery trajectories.

Target Audience:
The use of qualitative research methods and mixed methods is increasing in health services research. In a recent survey of VA researchers, eleven VA centers of excellence indicated that qualitative or mixed methods were highly or extremely prominent in their centers. This workshop is of interest to investigators with experience or interest in qualitative or mixed methods research. A wide range of participants will find this workshop, with live participation using real-world case studies, engaging and applicable to their own work.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Basic knowledge of qualitative methods and quantitative designs including any of the following: implementation research, surveys, and longitudinal studies.