McGill University

McGill University

McGill Qualitative Health Research Group

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The McGill Qualitative Health Research Group (MQHRG) was founded in January 2003 by a group of qualitative researchers from McGill University with the intention of providing an informal yet rigorous learning environment for Qualitative Health Researchers at McGill. The MQHRG has grown to over 90 members from Canadian universities and hospitals, and has developed national and international affiliations (including Brazil, Columbia, Belgium, Norway and the International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry)

In 2008, the McGill Centre for Medical Education formally invited us to affiliate and we are now located at Lady Meredith House on the McGill Campus. MQHRG meets monthly, providing a venue for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to obtain informal peer review, and for faculty to present projects and findings as well as to mentor junior scholars. In 2007, we organized McGill’s first qualitative health conference, Ensuring Quality in Qualitative Health Research. This event attracted researchers and students from over 20 disciplines. Following this initiative we were invited to present our work in a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2009;8:2), which featured peer-reviewed papers from this conference. MQHRG appears in the top hits on Google using the keywords: qualitative + health + research


This group meets approximately every six weeks, mostly at Lady Meredith House (corner of Peel and Pine Ave). The meeting time slot is always 3-5pm; however the room and day of the week shifts frequently. Email updates are sent to all members prior to each meeting. Meetings are two hours, and generally include the following: A critical review of a research project, protocol or student proposal (students, or researchers on tight time lines, are always given priority)

A seminar on an issue in qualitative methodology (chosen the meeting prior). Usually there is a short reading for homework, sent out via email, to ground these discussions. For more information, please contact:

Mary Ellen Macdonald, PhD
Chair, McGill Qualitative Health Research Group
Assistant Professor, Oral Health and Society Research Unit
Faculty of Dentistry
3550 University, Suite 030
McGill University
Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7