Quality in qualitative research

Med J Aust. 2008 Feb 18;188(4):243-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01595.x.


Qualitative research most commonly involves the systematic collection, ordering, description and interpretation of textual data generated from talk, observation or documentation. A report of qualitative research should address the following criteria: Clarification and justification; Procedural rigour; Representativeness; Interpretative rigour; Reflexivity and evaluative rigour; and Transferability. Because of the limitations on article length for the Medical Journal of Australia, authors should focus on only a couple of aspects of the research, rather than trying to present a simplified description of multiple aspects.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Editorial Policies*
  • Humans
  • Peer Review, Research / standards*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Quality Control