Qualitative and Quantitative Method Integration in Diabetes Communication Research: Applications and Contributions

Heather L. Voorhees, Michelle C. Howell Smith

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Abstract

This article is a systematic methodological literature review with the goal of understanding how and why health communication researchers are using mixed methods research (MMR) to better understand interpersonal communication between diabetes patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals. First, we provide a brief overview of MMR, followed by a discussion of the appropriateness of using MMR in health research. We then explain our search procedures for identifying MMR studies about interpersonal diabetes communication and describe our analysis of the identified studies. We then offer a brief, quantitative summary of our findings and provide details of exemplar studies to illustrate the unique value added by using MMR. We conclude the article with a discussion of implications and recommendations for the use of MMR in diabetes communication research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-235
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Asia
  • diabetes
  • diabetes communication
  • health communication
  • methodological review
  • mixed methods research
  • North America
  • qualitative

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