The Quantitative and Qualitative

[1st post] Learning about the different approaches to health, we talked about the quantitate and qualitative methods is reason. When it comes to passing information among each other, we have 2 main ways of communication. Quantitate, which can be broken down into quantity, usually comes associated with numbers, statistics, diagrams and what not. They are the facts that are on the global scale. which are presented to us in reports. This research allows us to make comparisons to a particular standard and may allow us to predict health risk with the use of measurements and mortality rates.

The use of Qualitative data connects us with stories(narratives) that help share the meanings of health and illness. This kind of approach might answer the how or why, questions regarding health. People can understand basic truths around disease with the use of narratives. Community can be a resource for communicating information; the word of mouth is more impactful in trying to convince people to be healthier because it is your own, people you knows’ or people you don’t knows’ experience of a situation. The sublime effects of ones illness being told to you is more powerful than a statistic from a group of people you don’t know. Being story telling creatures, the social instinct in our genetics will transmit information differently if it were said directly to us or if we were to say read about data in a magazine.

In my opinion I would prefer to learn about something via quantitate approach. Simply because hearing someones story is so much more fascinating than reading a devastating clip from a paper. Since we try to relate to someone when they share experience, it impacts me longer than reading something. js


2 thoughts on “The Quantitative and Qualitative

  1. Do you see any value in having the quantitative data? It is obviously helpful to get the person’s point of view, but what if someone isn’t as honest and could fluctuate their narrative to get what they want or need, i.e. a medication. People could (not saying they would, just could) exaggerate the situation for selfish reasons. Though, I agree with your thoughts on the qualitative approach.

    Gerald Brenner


  2. Knowing someone would influence my opinion as well, especially someone whom I share experiences with. Hearing from someone you may know well will influence your decision-making most likely because of the fact that they may be similar to you. Reading a random narrative from someone whom you don’t know, might only make you compare yourself instead of influencing your decision-making process. Good topic.


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