The Value of Qualitative Research in Healthcare and its Impact on Clinical Decision Making

The Value of Qualitative Research in Healthcare and its Impact on Clinical Decision Making

Qualitative research can be defined as a method of inquiry where the researcher who acts as a data collection instrument seeks to respond to questions of ‘how’ or ‘why’ a particular phenomenon occurs. This kind of research also involves questions seeking to answer the ‘what’ that a phenomenon is comprised of. (Creswell, 2017).

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Qualitative research entails numerous mechanisms such as systems, processes, best practices, observations and personal experiences which are combined to set up a useful resource. The knowledge generated from this kind of research allows nurses to get a new outlook about patient care. It also allows for nurses to authenticate a proper cause of action. Qualitative research elucidates and simplifies distinctive and complicated information which cannot be proved quantitatively. (Giligun, 2006)

Generally, qualitative findings are significant in boosting the nurses’ understanding of patients’ experiences and as a result, allowing for more close-fitting interventions in care, as well as the anticipation of complications that may be encountered by a particular patient in a specific context. (Conrad, 1985)

A viable example of how qualitative research may influence nursing practice or healthcare delivery is the fact that thanks to qualitative researchers, there has been and still continues to be significant contributions to health services and policy research. This is through provision of constructive insights in how we intellectualize health, illness, patients’ experiences, the dynamics of interpersonal teams and many aspects of healthcare delivery.

References for The Value of Qualitative Research in Healthcare and its Impact on Clinical Decision Making

Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2017). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Sage publications. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/research-design/book255675

Gilgun, J. F. (2006). The four cornerstones of qualitative research. Qualitative health research16(3), 436-443.