The Use of Mixed Methods for Therapeutic Massage Research

  • Antony Joseph Porcino, BSc CAMEO, BC Cancer agency
  • Marja J. Verhoef, PhD Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary


Mixed methods research is the integration of quantitative and qualitative components in a research project. Whether reading or designing a mixed method research project, it is important to be familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the specific purposes for which they are brought together in a study: triangulation, complementarity, expansion, initiation, and development. In addition, decisions need to be made about the sequencing and the priority or importance of each qualitative and quantitative component relative to the other components, and the point or points where the different qualitative and quantitative components will be integrated. Mixed methods research is increasingly recognized for its ability to bring multiple points of view to a research project, taking advantage of the strengths of each of the quantitative and qualitative components to explain or resolve complex phenomena or results. This becomes critical when complex healing systems like therapeutic massage are being studied. Complex healing systems may have multiple physiological effects, often reflected in changes throughout the patient’s body. Additionally, the patient’s experience of the treatment may be an important outcome.

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Porcino, BSc, A. J., & Verhoef, PhD, M. J. (2010). The Use of Mixed Methods for Therapeutic Massage Research. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, &Amp; Practice, 3(1), 15–25.