Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Pharmaceutical care research: hard or soft? — Part II

  • Mark P. Mobach


In pharmaceutical care research (PCR) quantitative research methodologies are strongly represented. However, in PCR also other qualities should be included in the tool kit of the researcher. For that purpose, it is argued that social science provides rich frameworks applicable for PCR. It offers both quantitative and qualitative methodological frameworks. In the most challenging and powerful field work the two approaches are combined. The case study design is a framework to synthesise quantitative and qualitative research approaches. For the development of PCR the case study design may be an important addition to the tool kit of its researchers.

Case study research Hard research Methodology Pharmaceutical care Pharmaceutical care research Qualitative research Quantitative research Soft Research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark P. Mobach
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  1. 1.Faculty of Management and OrganizationGroningenThe Netherlands

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