In order to provide meaningful results, research processes must be carefully selected and appropriate for the data being analyzed. Statistical programs such as SPSS are frequently utilized by researchers to conduct the analysis of large data sets. These data are organized to provide meaningful interpretation and often include descriiptive statistics. Qualitative analysis is completed using content analysis, looking for patterns and themes that emerge from the data. Individual experiences described in interviews and focus groups are considered data and are often provided as examples to support the results in the study publication. Whether you will engage in either quantitative or qualitative research, it is likely that you will encounter both types of studies in the literature. As a nursing professional, being able to analyze and interpret both types of research designs will be important to affect nursing practice that promotes positive health outcomes in
quality of care and patient safety.
For Assignment 1, you will conduct descriiptive statistical analyses using quantitative data. For Assignment 2, you will conduct content coding to analyze qualitative data. Please review the Instructions: Quantitative Analysis Assignment and Instructions: Content Coding of Challenges of Staying in the Hospital in this week’s resources to review how to complete both parts of this Assignment. Note: Assignments 1 and 2 will not be accepted unless the required templates are used.
Assignment 1: Quantitative Analyses
Follow the step-by-step instructions provided in the Instructions: Quantitative Analysis Assignment document in this week’s resources on using the Excel program to conduct descriiptive analyses of quantitative data.
The Quantitative Data Excel Assignment spreadsheet that you will need is in the resources for this week.
For this Assignment, you will need to describe the findings from your analyses and summarize what they tell you about these patients and the extent of the adverse events they experienced during their hospitalization. What additional information would you need to help develop a plan to decrease the occurrence of these events? Use the Summary Data Analysis Form in this week’s resources to complete your analysis.
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