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OT 6101: Writing Reviews: Qualitative & Quantitative Research

Course Guide for OT 6101 - Intro to the OTD Program

Qualitative Research

Any type of research that employs nonnumeric information to explore individual or group characteristics, producing findings not arrived at by statistical procedures or other quantitative means. - PubMed MeSH Qualitative Research

‚ÄčAnd that means...

  • Descriptive Data
  • Interpretive discussion about meanings, themes or patterns
  • Think feelings

Research Methodology Terms:

  • Cohort study
  • Case report, case study, case
  • Comparative study
  • Survey 
  • Questionnaire 
  • Grounded theory
  • Ethnographic study
  • Phenomenological study
  • Life narrative 
  • Lived experience 

General Terms: 

  • perception
  • experimental 
  • experiential 
  • single-case
  • exploration 
  • observation, observational 
  • participant observation 
  • evaluation 
  • focus groups
  • interview 

Quantitative Research

Research methods that emphasize objective measurements and statistical, mathematical or numerical analysis of data. This research focuses on gathering numerical data to explain a particular phenomenon. - USCLibraries 

And that means...

  • Variables 
  • Numerical values that measure concept/construct
  • Think numbers 

Research Methodology Terms:

  • Systematic review 
  • Meta-analysis
  • Randomized controlled trial (RTC)
  • Controlled trial 
  • Clinical trial
  • Comparative study
  • Longitudinal study 
  • Population study 
  • Retrospective study 

General Terms:

  • clinical 
  • statistics 
  • data
  • numerical 
  • validity 
  • reliability 
  • measurement
  • co-relational 

Elaine Cox, Texas Woman';s University Libraries 3-3-2008. Adapted by Mandie Mims 8-22-2017.