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An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i563 (Published 10 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i563

Re: An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research

The Board of Health Services Research UK [1] wishes to indicate its support for the open letter [2] to The BMJ editors on qualitative research and to encourage The BMJ to publish research and analysis based on excellence and on value for patients and services.

We are disappointed that while your initial response to the open letter acknowledged the importance of qualitative research in helping us to understand why clinical or service innovations do or don't work and how they are implemented, you have not revised your 'change in emphasis'.

We would also like to endorse the more detailed comments [3] made by the Methods Council of our US affiliate Academy Health.

Yours

Professor Naomi Fulop, UCL [Chair of HSRUK]
John de Pury, UniversitiesUK [Executive Director of HSRUK]
Helen Crisp, The Health Foundation
Professor Rachel Elliott, University of Nottingham
Steph Garfield-Birkbeck, NETSCC
Professor Andrew Hutchings, LSHTM
Tara Lamont, NIHR Dissemination Centre
Professor Sue Mawson, NIHR CLAHRC Y&H
Liz Mear, NWC AHSN
Professor Catherine Pope, University of Southampton
Professor Martin Roland, University of Cambridge
Professor Helen Snooks, Swansea University
Professor Charles Wolfe, KCL

1. HSRUK is the national network for health services research. Our membership includes universities, NHS organisations, patient groups and charities, professional and policy bodies. We bring together producers and users of health services research for the benefit of patients and populations and represent the full diversity of methodological approaches and subject disciplines. https://hsruk.org/
2. Greenhalgh T, Annandale E, Ashcroft R, et al. An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research. BMJ 352 doi:10.1136/bmj.i957
3. Devers K. & Burgess J. Members of the AcademyHealth Methods Council Support Calls for BMJ to Develop Policy on Qualitative Research http://blog.academyhealth.org/members-of-the-academyhealth-methods-counc...

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 March 2016
John de Pury
Executive Director of Health Services Research UK
Professor Naomi Fulop, UCL [Chair of HSRUK]; Helen Crisp, The Health Foundation; Professor Rachel Elliott, University of Nottingham; Steph Garfield-Birkbeck, NETSCC; Andrew Hutchings, LSHTM; Tara Lamont, NIHR Dissemination Centre; Professor Sue Mawson, NIHR CLAHRC Y&H; Liz Mear, NWC AHSN; Professor Catherine Pope, University of Southampton; Professor Martin Roland, University of Cambridge; Professor Helen Snooks, Swansea University; Professor Charles Wolfe, KCL
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