Research made simple: What is grounded theory?

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Grounded theory (GT) is a research method concerned with the generation of theory,1 which is ‘grounded’ in data that has been systematically collected and analysed.2 It is used to uncover such things as social relationships and behaviours of groups, known as social processes.3 It was developed in California, USA by Glaser and Strauss during their study—‘Awareness of Dying’.1 It is a general methodology for developing theory that is grounded in data which is systematically gathered and analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages12
JournalEvidence-Based Nursing
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2016


  • Evidence based nursing; grounded theory; nursing; theoretical sampling


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