Qualitative - relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity.
Quantitative - relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.
|Qualitative Research||Quantitative Research|
|Methods include focus groups, unstructured or in-depth interviews, and reviews of documents for types of themes||
|Primarily inductive process used to formulate theory or hypotheses||Primarily deductive process used to test pre-specified concepts, constructs, and hypotheses that make up a theory|
|More subjective: describes a problem or condition from the point of view of those experiencing it||More objective: provides observed effects (interpreted by researchers) of a program on a problem or condition|
|More in-depth information on a few cases||Less in-depth but more breadth of information across a large number of cases|
|Fixed response options, measurements, or observations|
|Statistical tests are used for analysis|
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There is no easy way to specify quantitative studies in CINAHL.
Randomized Controlled Trials (check box or in the Publication Type menu) are often quantitative, or at least have a quantitative aspect.
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