Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.447a (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:447
  1. Andrew Dicker,
  2. David Armstrong
  1. General practitioner London SW1V 4PY
  2. Reader in sociology as applied to medicine Department of Public Health Medicine, United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals, London SE1 9RT

    EDITOR,—Sarah Perry takes issue with the BMJ for publishing a paper that in her view is inadequate in its description of the qualitative methodology used. In part, this is a matter for the BMJs referees and reviewing procedures, but the criticism does raise the question of standards in reporting qualitative research. This is a particular problem for qualitative research methods in that they have yet to be codified and formalised to the same extent …

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