NR439 Week 4 Discussion: Designs – A Plan to Study for the Truth

This week we learned how research designs are different and help us to objectively study nursing problems; the key is to decide which type of research and design will serve the purpose or intent to find a solution. After completing Week 4 readings and lesson, answer the following:

  • Reflect on your learning about Quantitative and Qualitative research; share two ways that helped you understand how they are different.
  • Choose one category of study design that you found interesting and describe; include what you learned about the design and how you believe it can help study nursing problems.
  • Refer back to your clinical nursing priority problem and evidence you located for your week 3 assignment: The nursing-evidenced practice (NEBP) committee has requested for you to make a recommendation to the team: Describe the type of research and the design that you believe would be the best way to study your problem. Discuss your rationale.


Qualitative and quantitative research methods can be differentiated in various ways. Firstly, quantitative research gathers data in a numerical form that can be put into categories, or in rank order, or measured in units of measurement (Houser, 2018).  This type of data can be used to construct graphs and tables of raw data.  Qualitative research uses a variety of methods to develop deep understandings of how people perceive their social realities and how they act within the social world.  Qualitative research is commonly used whenever there is a gap in knowledge or when little is known about a particular phenomenon, experience, or concept (Houser, 2018). Another aspect that can be used to differentiate the two is that qualitative research is primarily subjective as it involves opinions, experiences, and feelings…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.