Mixed method designs in implementation research

  • Palinkas L
  • Aarons G
  • Horwitz S
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Abstract

This paper describes the application of mixed method designs in implementation research in 22 mental health services research studies published in peer-reviewed journals over the last 5 years. Our analyses revealed 7 different structural arrangements of qualitative and quantitative methods, 5 different functions of mixed methods, and 3 different ways of linking quantitative and qualitative data together. Complexity of design was associated with number of aims or objectives, study context, and phase of implementation examined. The findings provide suggestions for the use of mixed method designs in implementation research.

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  • Implementation research
  • Mental health services
  • Methods

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Authors

  • Lawrence A. Palinkas

  • Sarah Horwitz

  • Patricia Chamberlain

  • Michael Hurlburt

  • John Landsverk

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