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Letters The BMJ and qualitative research

The BMJ should be adventurous and lead the way on qualitative research

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 15 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1471
  1. Kit Byatt, consultant physician and geriatrician
  1. Union Walk, Hereford HR1 2ER, UK
  1. cbyatt{at}

This letter sets out the academic case for The BMJ to publish qualitative evidence and rebalance the incessant drive for quantitative data.1

Any clinician seeing real, unselected patients knows the bald numerical data of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses, while helpful, completely fail to capture the human dimension of clinical practice. Despite the extensive …

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