Qualitative research in physical therapy: a critical discussion on mixed-method research

Brett Smith, Andrew C. Sparkes, Cassandra Phoenix

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This paper critically discusses mixed-method research. A case is first offered as to why it is relevant for physical therapists to engage with the mixing of quantitative and qualitative methods and engage in debates about the intermingling of these techniques. Next, to provide a context for critical discussion several paradigms are outlined. Following this, two positions on mixed-method research are discussed. These are a pragmatist position and a purist position. The paper closes by suggesting that physical therapy researchers consider adopting the role of a connoisseur in order to engage with the critical issues emerging in mixed-method research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-381
JournalPhysical Therapy Reviews
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Qualitative research, Mixed methods, Pragmatism, Purism


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