This paper follows previous publications on generic qualitative approaches, qualitative designs and action research in emergency care by this group of authors. Contemporary views on mixed methods approaches are considered, with a particular focus on the design choice and the amalgamation of qualitative and quantitative data emphasising the timing of data collection for each approach, their relative ‘weight’ and how they will be mixed. Mixed methods studies in emergency care are reviewed before the variety of methodological approaches and best practice considerations are presented. The use of mixed methods in clinical studies is increasing, aiming to answer questions such as ‘how many’ and ‘why’ in the same study, and as such are an important and useful approach to many key questions in emergency care.
- mixed methods
- clinical assessment
- emergency care systems
- emergency departments
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