Methodological Triangulation in Midwifery Research
Kathrin Stoll, MA
Midwifery researchers form an eclectic interdisciplinary group, and utilize a variety of research methods and data analysis approaches. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of midwifery research, there are many opportunities for using mixed-method research designs to enhance theory and knowledge development in this area of inquiry. The benefits of including both quantitative and qualitative research components in the same study are extensive, yet many researchers are uncertain about how to design and interpret mixed methods studies. This paper was written as an introduction to mixed methods study designs in midwifery research. Different approaches to methodological triangulation and its respective strengths are discussed as well as threats to validity in mixed-methods studies. Examples from midwifery research are used to illustrate core concepts.
methodological triangulation, mixed-method research, midwifery research
This article has been peer reviewed.