Grounded theory (GT) is a popular research method for exploring human behavior. GT was developed by the medical sociologists Glaser and Strauss while they studied dying in hospitals in the 1960s resulting in the book »Awareness of dying«. The goal of a GT is to generate conceptual theories by using all types of data but without applying existing theories and hypotheses. GT procedures are mostly inductive as opposed to deductive research where hypotheses are tested. A good GT has a core variable that is a central concept connected to many other concepts explaining the main action in the studied area. A core variable answers the question »What's going on?«. Examples of core variables are: »Cutting back after a heart attack« - how people adapt to life after a serious illness; and »Balancing in palliative cancer care« - a process of weighing, shifting, compensating and compromising when treating people with a progressive and incurable illness trajectory.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Grounded theory improves medicine: A popular research method for exploring human behavior|
|Status||Udgivet - 30 sep. 2004|