Re: An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research
The Board of Health Services Research UK  wishes to indicate its support for the open letter  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  made by the Methods Council of our US affiliate Academy Health.
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