Select two peer-reviewed articles that discuss research.
In a quantitative study, numerical data is used to analyze statistically and draw conclusions. A qualitative study collects information in a descriptive fashion. For example, a quantitative research study might look at how many patients reported decreased pain levels after taking a certain medication while a qualitative research study would examine those same patients’ experiences with the drug in terms of side effects, efficacy, etc. Quantitative studies usually involve large samples sizes which are then used to make generalizations about the population being studied, whereas qualitative studies rely on smaller sample sizes and are more focused on gaining an understanding of individuals’ lived experiences rather than making broader inferences.
Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of obtaining accurate outcomes. Qualitative studies can yield specific findings for certain contexts or populations, but they lack generalizability because there are not enough participants to perform statistical analyses. Both methods offer useful information, and they should be considered when conducting research on health topics.