The use of mixed methods designs for conducting research has become a major trend in social science research. Renowned methodological experts Janice Morse and Linda Niehaus present a guide to intermediate and experienced researchers on the possibilities inherent in mixed method research. They offer the basic principles of conducting this kind of study, then examine a wide variety of design options available to the researcher, including their strengths and weaknesses and when to use them. Providing examples from a variety of disciplines, examining potential threats to validity, and showing the relationship between method and theory, the book will be a valuable addition to the methodologists library and a useful text in courses in research design.
As a health care professional, I see the value in mixed method design, and this book fulfills a void in the literature. Many researchers have a focus in one area or another, either in quantitative or qualitative methods. Although they might want to conduct mixed methods research, they might not know how to begin. This book outlines how to combine qualitative and quantitative components so well that I think it will take away any anxious feeling related to going outside one s comfort zone in research. I recommend this book to anyone who researches in healthcare in order to understand how to utilize mixed method designs for a better understanding of health-related issues. -Karen M Keptner, The Weekly Qualitative Report