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

Fielding, Elaine, Beattie, Elizabeth, O'Reilly, Maria and McMaster, Mitchell (2016) Achieving a national sample of nursing homes: balancing probability techniques and practicalities. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9 2: 58-65. doi:10.3928/19404921-20151019-03

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Author Fielding, Elaine
Beattie, Elizabeth
O'Reilly, Maria
McMaster, Mitchell
Title Achieving a national sample of nursing homes: balancing probability techniques and practicalities
Journal name Research in Gerontological Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1938-2464
1940-4921
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3928/19404921-20151019-03
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 58
End page 65
Total pages 8
Place of publication Thorofare, NJ, United States
Publisher Slack
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 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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