Letters Qualitative methods

Measuring versus understanding

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3039 (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3039
  1. Antje Lindenmeyer, senior research fellow1
  1. 1University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  1. antje.lindenmeyer{at}warwick.ac.uk

From my experience as a qualitative researcher, the crucial theoretical mark of qualitative methodology is not its constructivist stance but its aim to understand individual or shared meanings (such as medicine taking). For example, if evidence from …

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