Understanding grounded theory
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Understanding grounded theory

Hilary Engward Senior lecturer, Allied Health and Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

Grounded theory is a systematic research approach involving the discovery of theory through data collection and analysis. In particular, the focus is on uncovering patterns in social life that individuals might or might not be aware of. This article provides a practical overview of grounded theory to guide the research process in this area. The article is aimed at the nurse researcher who has some knowledge of grounded theory and/or is considering using this method of inquiry.

Nursing Standard. 28, 7, 37-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.10.28.7.37.e7806

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 22 April 2013

Accepted: 15 August 2013

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