Qualitative research in physical therapy: A critical discussion on mixed method research.
Sparkes, Andrew C.
Physical Therapy Reviews
This paper critically discusses mixed-method research. A case is first offered as to why it is relevant for physical therapists to engage with the mixing of quantitative and qualitative methods and engage in debates about the intermingling of these techniques. Next, to provide a context for critical discussion several paradigms are outlined. Following this, two positions on mixed-method research are discussed. These are a pragmatist position and a purist position. The paper closes by suggesting that physical therapy researchers consider adopting the role of a connoisseur in order to engage with the critical issues emerging in mixed-method research.
This is a postprint of an article published in Physical Therapy Reviews, 2012, 17 (6), pp. 374-381© 2012 copyright Maney Publishing. Physical Therapy Reviews is available online at: http://maneypublishing.com/index.php/journals/ptr/
Physical Therapy Reviews, 2012, 17 (6), pp. 374-381