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Mixed methods data collection in dementia research: a 'progressive engagement' approach


Robinson, AL and Emden, CG and Croft, TD and Vosper, GC and Elder, JA and Stirling, C and Vickers, JC, Mixed methods data collection in dementia research: a 'progressive engagement' approach, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 5, (4) pp. 330-344. ISSN 1558-6898 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1558689811416940


This article describes data collection within an Australian mixed methods study that investigated family carers' stress levels and experiences of dementia services and the cognitive and functional abilities of individuals experiencing dementia. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected via a "progressive engagement" process involving "multidisciplinary functioning," "unambiguous protocols," and "participant-centered procedures." The approach achieved high-quality data and 100% participant retention. Study details are located within a broader discussion of mixed methods research in the social sciences and a pragmatic paradigm fitting to dementia research. The article contributes to the field of mixed methods research by highlighting philosophical issues relevant to dementia researchers and by providing sufficient depth of detail for interested readers to adopt or adapt the authors' mixed methods procedures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:data collection, dementia research, mixed methods, pragmatic paradigm
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Vosper, GC (Mrs Gillian Vosper)
UTAS Author:Elder, JA (Ms Jean Elder)
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:Vickers, JC (Professor James Vickers)
ID Code:75794
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-02-16
Last Modified:2013-03-15

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