A 4 page discussion of the various criteria which enter into research design. The author contends that not only does thrush present quantitative issues into the research environment, it also presents humanistic issues, issues which are sometimes more effectively evaluated with the use of qualitative verses quantitative research. A discussion of methods, methodologies, theoretical perspective, and epistemology is included. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Oral thrush (candidiasis) is just one of a myriad of oral problem which frequently confront oncology patients. The treatment
regime imposed on these patients coupled with factors such as poor nutrition compromises oral health and thrush is one potential result of this compromise (Kemp, 2003). Quilitz (2003) observes
that the use of chemotherapy and radiation in this setting is associated with an increased propensity for inflammation of the mucous membranes such as that that occurs with thrush.
Thrush can cause considerable discomfort for cancer victims. This discomfort extends far beyond the redness and small white removable plaques which characterize the oral manifestation of thrush (Kemp, 2003).
The infection may extend to the throat causing considerable difficulty in swallowing (Kemp, 2003). Additional discomforts associated with oral thrush revolve around chest pain, nausea, and vomiting (Kemp,
2003). Pharmacological treatment can include Nystatin (Mycostatin), clotrimazole (several brands), Amphotericin B (Fungizone), oral fluconazole (Diflucan) and itraconazole (Sporanox) (Kemp, 2003). Not only does thrush present quantitative issues
into the research environment, however, it also presents humanistic issues, issues which are sometimes more effectively evaluated with the use of qualitative verses quantitative research. The purpose of this
paper is to outline the considerations which should be made in a research design intended to identify the best management regime for oral thrush.
As Crotty (1998) emphasizes, theoretical perspective is also a critical component of research designed to provide viable evidence. While quantitative research is the most often chosen
method of research in the sciences and mathematics, qualitative and naturalistic research can also be of benefit there. The field of medicine in particular could benefit from more qualitative