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Transforming verbal counts in reports of qualitative descriptive studies into numbers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19448052     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Reports of qualitative studies typically do not offer much information on the numbers of respondents linked to any one finding. This information may be especially useful in reports of basic, or minimally interpretive, qualitative descriptive studies focused on surveying a range of experiences in a target domain, and its lack may limit the ability to synthesize the results of such studies with quantitative results in systematic reviews. Accordingly, the authors illustrate strategies for deriving plausible ranges of respondents expressing a finding in a set of reports of basic qualitative descriptive studies on antiretroviral adherence and suggest how the results might be used. These strategies have limitations and are never appropriate for use with findings from interpretive qualitative studies. Yet they offer a temporary workaround for preserving and maximizing the value of information from basic qualitative descriptive studies for systematic reviews. They show also why quantitizing is never simply quantitative.
YunKyung Chang; Corrine I Voils; Margarete Sandelowski; Vic Hasselblad; Jamie L Crandell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2009-05-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Western journal of nursing research     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0193-9459     ISO Abbreviation:  West J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-27     Completed Date:  2009-12-29     Revised Date:  2014-09-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905435     Medline TA:  West J Nurs Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  837-52     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Nursing Research*
Qualitative Research
Review Literature as Topic
Grant Support
5R01NR004907/NR/NINR NIH HHS; R01 NR004907/NR/NINR NIH HHS; R01 NR004907-09/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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