Nursing research is usually either "quantitative" or "qualitative." The first article below from the AORN journal describes these two different research methods. The sample articles below include both qualitative and quantitative studies.
Quantitative research: An experiment is conducted from which data are collected and quantified in some fashion, i.e. counted, analyzed numerically (e.g. effectiveness of a treatment).
Quantitative Buzzwords: Compare, Assess, Evaluate, Measure, Test
Qualitative research: The data collected is more descriptive of people's beliefs, attitudes, etc. and is gathered through methods such as interviews and focus groups.
Qualitative Buzzwords: Identify, Explore, Describe, Explain
Sheahan, S., & Fields, B. (2008). Sodium dietary restriction, knowledge, beliefs, and decision-making behavior of older females. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 20(4), 217-224.
Tracy, S., Dufault, M., Kogut, S., Martin, V., Rossi, S., & Willey-Temkin, C. (2006). Translating best practices in nondrug postoperative pain management. Nursing Research, 55(2S), S57-67. (Print copy in library)
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"An empirical research article is an article which reports research based on actual observations or experiments. The research may use quantitative research methods, which generate numerical data and seek to establish causal relationships between two or more variables. Empirical research articles may use qualitative research methods, which objectively and critically analyze behaviors, beliefs, feelings, or values with few or no numerical data available for analysis."
Articles that discuss original research have the following format: