An overview of research designs relevant to nursing: Part 1: Quantitative research designs

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2007 May-Jun;15(3):502-7. doi: 10.1590/s0104-11692007000300022.


This three part series of articles provides a brief overview of relevant research designs in nursing. The first article in the series presents the most frequently used quantitative research designs. Strategies for non-experimental and experimental research designs used to generate and refine nursing knowledge are described. In addition, the importance of quantitative designs and the role they play in developing evidence-based practice are discussed. Nursing care needs to be determined by the results of sound research rather than by clinical preferences or tradition.

MeSH terms

  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Nursing Research / methods*