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Qualitative Research and Ambulatory Pediatrics

      Ambulatory Pediatrics has had particular interest in publishing studies using qualitative methods to understand critical aspects of child health and pediatric education. Authors commonly ask for advice regarding the editors' views of qualitative research, and we provide here an overview of qualitative methods and how they may apply to the research questions of interest to the journal. We offer this not as a primer on qualitative research (although we provide some references that may help
      • Devers KJ
      • Frankel RM
      Getting qualitative research published.
      • Devers KJ
      • Frankel RM
      Study design in qualitative research–2: sampling and data collection strategies.
      • Frankel RM
      • Devers KJ
      Study design in qualitative research–1: developing questions and assessing resource needs.
      • Frankel RM
      • Devers K
      Qualitative research: a consumer's guide.
      • Devers KJ
      • Sofaer S
      • Rundall TB
      Qualitative methods in health services research.
      ) but rather as a broad overview indicating some characteristics and criteria that we may use in considering studies for publication. Qualitative research, like quantitative studies, should have well-described methods and well-documented data collection. We have particular interest in innovative reports with detailed and explicit qualitative methodology.
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