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Tips for Finding Quantitative Research for Nursing

What is quantitative research, quantitative article examples and CINAHL tips to save you time and get the sources you need.

What Quantitative Research?

""Quantitative research in nursing mainly deals with causal or correlational relationship between variables through testing hypotheses. 

  • Tends to be more objective.
  • Observations tend to be measured in numbers.
  • Samples tend to be random and large.
  • Data collection can include:
    • surveys
    • clinical trials
    • laboratory experiments 
    • questionnaires 
    • structured interviews 

See more from CREDO Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (Must be on campus or have a COM account to view).

Use CINAHL Options to Limit to Quantitative Research

Finding quantitative articles can be difficult, but CINHAL has multiple ways that you can apply to get the articles you need. It's really all about your limit options. 

  1. Type in your search term
  2. Limit to Research Article and/or Peer Reviewed
  3. You may also want to use the full text limit 
  4. Try any of the options below to limit to quantitative articles. You may have to experiment to see which option gives you the best results. Some limits will be more effective than others depending on your main subject. 

Options for limiting to Quantitative Articles

  • Try adding Quantitative Studies as a subject to your search.
  • Try the Publication Type limit to limit to specific publication types that are qualitative: 
    • Clinical Trial
    • Statistics
    • Tables/Charts
    • Equations
  • Try the Clinical Queries limit
    • Causation (Etiology) - High Sensitivity (broader)
    • Causation (Etiology) - High Specificity (narrower)
    • Causation (Etiology) - Best Balanced (middle)
  • Try the Randomized Controlled Trials limit.  



Extracted from The effectiveness of an exercise intervention in reducing the severity of postpartum depression: A randomized controlled trial (Must be on campus or have a COM account to view the entire article).