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The theoretical foundations of qualitative and quantitative methods are very different, but many researchers believe both methods should be used in the research study to increase validity and reliability. What advantages or disadvantages do you see in using both types of methods in a nursing study? Support your answer with current evidence-based literature.A research design is a blueprint for conducting a study. There are several quantitative designs developed for conducting research such as descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental studies. Qualitative research is primarily exploratory research. It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitativeresearch. (Grove et al., 2015). Mixed methods research refers to those studies or lines of inquiry that integrate one or more qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and/or analysis. The term “mixed methods” refers to an emergent methodology of