Mixed methods research combines qualitative, quantitative research
In the latest edition of Michigan Video Abstracts, world-renowned mixed methods expert Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., professor of family medicine and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program, introduces the power of mixed methods research, a discipline that unites the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative research.
In his interview, he described the three key facets of the mixed methods integration trilogy: philosophical, methodological, and methods aspects, and how to integrate them in research design.
“When you bring together the qualitative approach ‘one’ with a quantitative approach ‘one,’ mixed methods researchers strive to achieve a sum of three, something greater than the value of the individual parts,” described Fetters.
Viewers can also take a deeper dive into the philosophical, methodological, and methods aspects of mixed methods research with Fetters. He delves into integration theory and describes three key aspects of integration theory and how researchers should attend to each in their work.
Fetters is a professor of family medicine and serves as director of the Japanese Family Health Program that strives to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for the Japanese population living in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. Fluent in Japanese, he has also been instrumental in the development of the specialty of family medicine in Japan. An international expert in the methodology of mixed methods research, he has taught multiple mixed methods workshops domestically and internationally in Canada, Denmark, and Japan.