Achieving a national sample of nursing homes: Balancing probability techniques and practicalities

Fielding, Elaine, Beattie, Elizabeth, O’Reilly, Maria, & McMaster, Mitchell (2015) Achieving a national sample of nursing homes: Balancing probability techniques and practicalities. Research in Gerontological Nursing.

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Sampling design is critical to the quality of quantitative research, yet it does not always receive appropriate attention in nursing research. The current article details how balancing probability techniques with practical considerations produced a representative sample of Australian nursing homes (NHs). Budgetary, logistical, and statistical constraints were managed by excluding some NHs (e.g., those too difficult to access) from the sampling frame; a stratified, random sampling methodology yielded a final sample of 53 NHs from a population of 2,774. In testing the adequacy of representation of the study population, chi-square tests for goodness of fit generated nonsignificant results for distribution by distance from major city and type of organization. A significant result for state/territory was expected and was easily corrected for by the application of weights. The current article provides recommendations for conducting high-quality, probability-based samples and stresses the importance of testing the representativeness of achieved samples.

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ID Code: 92820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20151019-03
ISSN: 1940-4921
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2016 00:51
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2016 21:51

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