Evidence-Based Practice Name Institution Instructor Course Date Evidence-Based Practice Rationale for Considering Whether to Include Qualitative or Quantitative Research Studies For Evidence-Based Decision Making The reason for considering whether to include qualitative or quantitative research studies for evidence-based decision-making includes the goal of the research

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Rationale for Considering Whether to Include Qualitative or Quantitative Research Studies For Evidence-Based Decision Making
The reason for considering whether to include qualitative or quantitative research studies for evidence-based decision-making includes the goal of the research (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). The goal of a research is the ultimate consideration since it determines what results are expected and how these results can be collected and analyzed (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). The data required to give the results determines whether to include qualitative or quantitative research studies as both provide different results since they collect different types of data (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Quantitative research studies provide researchers with generalized data that can be measured using statistical methods where else qualitative research studies provide specific information relating to particular phenomena (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). In some cases, both methods can be used collaboratively to provide satisfactory and more accurate information (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015).
Another reason for considering whether to include qualitative or quantitative research studies for evidence-based decision-making is the context of the research study (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Qualitative research study provides an in-depth analysis of specific phenomena compared to quantitative research design, which provides date on general factors, which can be measured (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Evidence-based decision-making process is a complex process, which must be supported by deeper understanding of the factors involved while at the same time understanding the different aspects of different factors to enable selection of the best evidence-based method (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015). Due to this, it is important to consider the use of both research methods, which will guarantee accurate information in the decision-making process (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015).
References
Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health.