Saturday, January 21, 2017

Improving Quality by Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies

 This research study of children with congenital heart disease looked at combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to improve quality of care. The used Classification and Regression Trees as part of the analysis along with a Rich Picture generation, as shown here:

 The authors conclude that their research demonstrates that a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches may help improve quality in complex systems.

For complex systems, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches may be the best way to improve quality. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Jan 06

Comment: A lot of this research seems to be focused on the communication of results using graphical approaches such as \"Rich Pictures\" and \"Activity Diagrams.\" This are interesting approaches, but this research does not answer whether or not they are superior methods of communication.