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CQ aims to promote the practice of qualitative research that is of the highest quality (by our definition, research that is interpretive, theoretically-informed, rigorous, reflexive, and methodologically and substantively ‘critical’.

In promoting such a vision of qualitative research in the health field, CQ seeks to both enhance capacity and remove systemic and other barriers associated with the practice of research that often runs ‘against the grain’ of prevailing scientific philosophy and practices. CQ engages in a variety of activities including leadership, assistance and advocacy regarding funding and publication and other institutional and career challenges.