Challenges of Conducting Mixed Methods Research: A Case-Study in Health Services Research from the Netherlands


This article discusses several challenges of conducting mixed methods research (MMR). MMR can be a powerful and necessary tool for investigating complex problems, and its use is becoming more common. However, particular challenges related to MMR (resources, teamwork, page- and word limitations, sampling issues and analytical- and interpretive issues) might hinder its wider use. By providing insight into how we deal(t) with these challenges within our own study, this article aims to contribute to overcoming these challenges and strengthening the application of MMR. We argue that increased transparency and more practical examples of MMR are needed. We provide detailed suggestions how MMR researchers can accomplish this.

Keywords: Integration, Mixed Methods Research, Practical Challenges, Reporting Mixed Methods

Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 24-38 (Download PDF)

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