Are we on the cusp of a fourth research paradigm? Predicting the future for a new approach to methods-use in medical and health services research

  title={Are we on the cusp of a fourth research paradigm? Predicting the future for a new approach to methods-use in medical and health services research},
  author={Frances Rapport and Jeffrey Braithwaite},
  journal={BMC Medical Research Methodology},
BackgroundThe dominant medical and health research paradigm continues to be quantitative. While the authors sense a sea-change in opinion about mixed-method research, underpinned by two decades of highly-cited publications in medical journals, much of the medical literature still widely favours the Randomised Control Trial.Main bodyThis debate article examines whether it is the beginning of the end of the dominant quantitative paradigm and the interest this holds for researchers and clinicians… 
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