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Table 7 Purposes and processes of combining methods in 75 mixed methods studies in HSR

From: Why, and how, mixed methods research is undertaken in health services research in England: a mixed methods study

Characteristic Proposal N = 43 Report N = 48
Purpose of combining methods   
   Confirmation 2% (1) 6% (3)
   Complementarity 60% (26) 40% (19)
   Expansion 47% (20) 46% (22)
   Development 44% (19) 35% (17)
Priority   
   Mainly qualitative 5% (2) 10% (5)
   Mainly quantitative 65% (28) 54% (26)
   Equal 30% (13) 35% (17)
Sequence   
   Sequential 65% (28) 54% (26)
   Concurrent 70% (30) 69% (33)