Qualitative Health Research Network


Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World

This page provides highlights from our 2019 conference.

Our 4th Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) Conference took place on the 21st to 22nd March 2019 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK


Healthcare environments across the globe are undergoing major change across multiple dimensions as they respond to changing populations, major geopolitical instability, global austerity, migration, rapid technological advances, personalised medicine, and ongoing demands for more patient involvement. We believe that empirically robust and theoretically relevant qualitative health research (QHR) is essential to helping local healthcare communities anticipate and navigate the social consequences these changes create. The 4th Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) Conference was organised in relation to the theme Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World and sought to advance and improve QHR in the face of the challenges outlined above.

The QHRN Conference is an international biennial event that aims to disseminate research on health, illness and care that uses qualitative or mixed-methods approaches. It seeks to advance the role and current practice of qualitative health research by providing opportunities for discussion, critical reflection and networking.

The 2019 conference brought together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, practitioners, policy-makers, and health service users and, for the first time, was held over two days. Day one consisted of workshops and day two was the main conference. 

Conference abstracts

Thank you to all of our 2019 conference presenters. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations were published in BMJ Open. Published abstracts can be found in BMJ Open here.


Our keynote for the 2019 conference was Professor Glenn Robert from Kings College London. Click here to find out about our keynote speaker. 


New to 2019, the following four workshops on qualitative health research methods and approaches were offered.

Option 1: An Introduction to Rapid Qualitative Research

Option 2: Introducing Qualitative Longitudinal Research: The Craft of Researching Lives Through Time

Option 3: An Introduction to Ethnographic Research Practice in Healthcare Settings

Option 4: Introducing Qualitative Analysis Software