Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research
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Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research

Questions, Methods and Choices

Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley

This Handbook expertly instructs the reader on how to conduct applied health research across a number of disciplines. Particularly aimed at postgraduate health researchers and students of applied health research, it presents and explains a wide range of research designs and other contemporary issues in applied health research.
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Chapter 7: Grounded theory methods and analysis: methodological revisions and practical application

Susannah Baines


The aim of the chapter is to provide a background to grounded theory and a basis from which the researcher can begin to think about whether grounded theory is an appropriate approach for them and their research questions. The chapter explores the paradigm looking at the ontology, epistemology and practical application. All perspectives and paradigms have flaws, and ultimately the researcher must choose a method by which to conduct their study that best fits their purpose and meets their own concerns and perspective on the social world. One of the benefits of grounded theory is that it is not a homogenous method. By examining how researchers have taken grounded theory in multifaceted theoretical directions, we can look at how applicable grounded theory can be in health research

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