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Table 3 Content for Qualitative Studies (n = 355), Mixed Methodology Studies (n = 37), and Studies from Nursing Journals (n = 211)

From: A quantitative analysis of qualitative studies in clinical journals for the 2000 publishing year

Category All studies % All studies # Mixed Methods % Mixed Methods # Nursing Journals % Nursing Journals
Groups studied       
Patients 198 56 17 45 114 54.0
Family 78 22 9 24 52 24.6
Nurses 73 21 6 16 55 26.1
Other People 49 14 0 0 48 22.7
Physicians 38 11 8** 21 9* 4.3*
Other Health Care Professionals 20 6 1 3 12 5.7
Settings       
Home or non institution 155 44 16 42 100 47.4
Hospital 87 25 10 26 65 30.1
Clinic 62 17 7 18 16* 7.6*
Community 48 14 7 18 36 17.1
Nursing Home 19 5 2 5 13 6.2
Emergency Dept 6 2 1 3 2 0.9
Church, Jail, Other 5 1 2 5 2 0.9
Disease/Condition       
Various 38 11 3 8 19 9.0
Cancer 40 11 5 13 28 13.2
Mental Health 38 10 3 8 26 12.3
Pregnancy/birth 33 9 3 8 16 7.6
Cerebrovascular Disease 34 10 2 5 22 10.4
General Health 33 9 2 5 17 8.1
Frail Elderly 29 8 3 8 21 10.0
HIV/AIDS 21 6 3 8 11 5.2
Drugs/Sex Trade 13 4 2 5 7 3.3
Death and Dying 13 3 0 0 7 3.3
Diabetes 9 3 2 5 4 1.9
Critical Care 8 2 1 3 8 3.8
Injury 7 2 5* 13 5 2.4
Asthma 6 2 1 3 0 0
Pain 7 2 1 3 3 1.4
Smoking 4 1 1 3 2 0.9
Miscellaneous disease/conditions 41 12 5 13 26 12.3
  1. *P < 0.001 **P < 0.025. Note that totals do not add to 100% because studies often included several methods, settings, diseases, or populations.