I would suggest that the assumed quantitative / qualitative or medical
nursing research dichotomy is an artefact, some of it generated by fear by
group that its methods will be determined by another group.
Good research and robust clinical reasoning will stand out whatever the
The issue has been well described in an editorial by
Logan S. Quantitative vs qualitative methods.
Child Care Health Dev. 1997 Jul;23(4):283-5.
[Full text available via NESLI],
In the context of this discussion I like best a definition of EBHC which
appears to be less prescriptive than the ones quoted (but doesn't contradict
'An approach to health care practice
in which the clinician is aware of the
evidence in support of his/her clinical
practice, and the strength of that evidence'
Source: Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group at
Imperial College Library Service