What is emerging for qualitative research in the COVID-19 emergency?

A rejoinder to ‘Collecting qualitative data during a pandemic’ by David Silverman


  • Rachel Grob University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jane Evered University of Wisconsin-Madison




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Author Biographies

Rachel Grob, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rachel Grob is Clinical Professor and Senior Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on eliciting narratives, then synthesizing and amplifying them to make healthcare work better. She is a public spokesperson for qualitative work, and for the importance of systematically including diverse perspectives in research, public discourse and decision making of all kinds.

Jane Evered, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jane Evered received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. Her interests include patient experience, relational care and qualitative approaches to inquiry.


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How to Cite

Grob, R. ., & Evered, J. (2021). What is emerging for qualitative research in the COVID-19 emergency? A rejoinder to ‘Collecting qualitative data during a pandemic’ by David Silverman. Communication and Medicine, 17(1), 85–87. https://doi.org/10.1558/cam.19752



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