Table 7

Purposes and processes of combining methods in 75 mixed methods studies in HSR

Characteristic

Proposal N = 43

Report N = 48


Purpose of combining methods

Confirmation

2% (1)

6% (3)

Complementarity

60% (26)

40% (19)

Expansion

47% (20)

46% (22)

Development

44% (19)

35% (17)


Priority

Mainly qualitative

5% (2)

10% (5)

Mainly quantitative

65% (28)

54% (26)

Equal

30% (13)

35% (17)


Sequence

Sequential

65% (28)

54% (26)

Concurrent

70% (30)

69% (33)


O'Cathain et al. BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:85   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-85

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