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Comment on ‘Ethnography asa methodological descriptor:the editors reply’
  1. Anne Sales,
  2. Theodore J Iwashyna
  1. Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne Sales, 300 N. Ingalls Street, Room 1161-I, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5403, USA;salesann{at}

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We appreciated the thoughtful commentary by Dixon-Woods and Shojania1 in response to emerging issues around methods and scholarship, particularly those using qualitative methods. Dixon-Woods and Shojania make important points in this commentary, but there are two issues with which we are concerned.

Most importantly, we are concerned about both ends of a continuum in using ‘quick’ approaches that draw on the rich traditions of ethnography. On one side, the pressure to learn methods quickly and adapt them for rapid use can lead to loss of richness, dumbing down the …

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