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Letters The BMJ and qualitative research

Reinventing qualitative research

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 15 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1468
  1. Gavin J Andrews, professor
  1. Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University, KTH 240, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L8
  1. andrews{at}

I agree that The BMJ should not actively exclude qualitative research based on metrics,1 but what we need to consider is how qualitative research might be reinvented.

As McCormack explains,2 much of it is currently, using a sports analogy, formulaic “post-game” interrogation. We (researchers) go all out and find “the player” (disadvantaged patient) during a break from “the game” (illness episode) …

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