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Grounded theory

Tina Harris Principal lecturer in midwifery, lead midwife for education and faculty head of research students, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

Grounded theory is a popular research approach in health care and the social sciences. This article provides a description of grounded theory methodology and its key components, using examples from published studies to demonstrate practical application. It aims to demystify grounded theory for novice nurse researchers, by explaining what it is, when to use it, why they would want to use it and how to use it. It should enable nurse researchers to decide if grounded theory is an appropriate approach for their research, and to determine the quality of any grounded theory research they read.

Correspondence tiharris@dmu.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 35,32-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.35.32.e9568

Received: 01 September 2014

Accepted: 06 October 2014

Published in print: 29 April 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review