QUANTITATIVE DESIGN 3
On the topic of patient falls, a descriptive quantitative designwould be effective. This is a research design that uses directobservation without altering any variable. The researcher will usethis design to observe the frequency of the falls. Descriptive designwill describe the occurrence of a phenomenon (Creswell, 2013). Thiswill be extremely essential in researching the topic of patient fallssince the researcher will have an opportunity to observe patients andgather information regarding the issue. The researcher can get thenumber of patients who fall and the number of the patients who haverecovered and even the time it takes for the patients to recover.
Quantitative research design is important and preferred for variousreasons. The research design provides numerical data regarding theissue which will be extremely vital for future patient fallprevention measures. Direct observation is essential in ensuring thatthe researcher obtains first hand information (Tufte, 2012).Additionally, quantitative design ensures that the informationgathered is not affected by the bias of the subjects. On thecontrary, the research design does not offer the researcher anopportunity to seek clarification from the subjects and this mayresult in incomplete findings.
In answering the research question regarding patient falls, thisresearch design is not completely appropriate. It is essential forthe researcher to use this method coupled with other qualitativeresearch designs such as interviews in order to gather sufficientinformation regarding the issue (Polit & Beck, 2014). It is clearthat the topic on patient falls will require both numericalinformation and text in order to be successfully discussed.Information on the experiences of the patients will be essential, aswell as the frequency of the occurrence of patient falls.
Creswell, J. W. (2013). Research Design: Qualitative,Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches.Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Tufte, E. R. (2012). The visual display of quantitativeinformation. Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press.
Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2014). Essentials of nursingresearch: Appraising evidence for nursing practice.Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health /Lippincott Williams &Wilkins.