NCLEX® QOTD: Data analysis
Published on Nov 1, 2023. Updated on Oct 27, 2023.
The nurse is reviewing the difference between quantitative and qualitative data.
Data analysis for qualitative research consists more of _________ information while quantitative research focuses on _________ data.
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The correct answer to today's NCLEX-RN® Question is...
A. Narrative - Numerical - Objective
Data analysis for qualitative research tends to be more subjective, consisting of narrative information rather than numerical data. Qualitative data includes interview transcripts, observation notes, diary entries, nursing records, and audio or video recordings. When nurse researchers analyze qualitative data, the focus is on exploring participants' values, beliefs, and experiences. To do this, the researcher begins by performing data coding in which they look for narrative patterns throughout the data and categorizing them into groups. On the other hand, quantitative research analyzes numerical data through descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics allow researchers to describe, organize, and summarize the characteristics of the data. Inferential statistics allow researchers to draw conclusions and generalize findings. ________________________
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