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Applying mixed methods research in evaluating clinical trials


Murphy, L and Maguire, W, Applying mixed methods research in evaluating clinical trials, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, 8, (1) pp. 72-90. ISSN 1176-6093 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/11766091111124711


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report on the decision process that the authors follow in applying mixed methods research to evaluate the benefits and costs of conducting sponsored clinical trials in a publicly funded New Zealand hospital.

Design/methodology/approach: A simultaneous parallel mixed method design was adopted. This design builds on a health outcomes study that involves a retrospective cohort study of changes in participants' health status and mortality rates. Although a team of medical researchers conducted that study (i.e. the current authors were not involved), it is one of the three strands of the current research as it forms the platform for the other two strands, namely the multiple stakeholder perception strand and the economic outcomes strand. In the multiple stakeholder perceptions strand, qualitative methods were used to explore the benefits and costs perceived by stakeholders. In the economic outcomes strand, quantitative methods were used to estimate the benefits and costs of clinical trials.

Findings: The economic outcomes strand and the multiple stakeholder perceptions strand are complementary. Each strand delivers dimensions to the analysis that are not apparent from the other.

Originality/value: The value of the paper lies in improved understanding of the process of mixed method research through communicating choices and decisions made in response to the challenges faced.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research methods, cost benefit analysis, stakeholder analysis, project evaluation, hospitals, New Zealand
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting theory and standards
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Murphy, L (Ms Lynette Murphy)
UTAS Author:Maguire, W (Dr William Maguire)
ID Code:76930
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2012-03-15
Last Modified:2017-12-15

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