Seventy six senior academics (including Professor Huw Davies) from 11 countries invite The BMJ’s editors to reconsider their policy of rejecting qualitative research on the grounds of low priority. They challenge the journal to develop a proactive, scholarly, and pluralist approach to research that aligns with its stated mission.
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In England, the recent Francis inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust identified a dysfunctional culture as a key part of the problem. The report goes on to make a number of recommendations for culture change in the NHS. A recent piece in the BMJ by Huw Davies & Russell Mannion challenges whether such cultural prescriptions can be enacted so easily. Read the article here.