The use of grounded theory in studies of nurses and midwives' coping processes: A systematic literature search

Cheer, Karen, MacLaren, David, and Tsey, Komla (2015) The use of grounded theory in studies of nurses and midwives' coping processes: A systematic literature search. Contemporary Nurse, 51 (2-3). pp. 200-219.

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Abstract

Background: Researchers are increasingly using grounded theory methodologies to study the professional experience of nurses and midwives.

Aim: To review common grounded theory characteristics and research design quality as described in grounded theory studies of coping strategies used by nurses and midwives Methods: A systematic database search for 2005–2015 identified and assessed grounded theory characteristics from 16 studies. Study quality was assessed using a modified Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) tool.

Findings: Grounded theory was considered a methodology or a set of methods, able to be used within different nursing and midwifery contexts. Specific research requirements determined the common grounded theory characteristics used in different studies. Most researchers did not clarify their epistemological and theoretical perspectives.

Conclusion: To improve research design and trustworthiness of grounded theory studies in nursing and midwifery, researchers need to state their theoretical stance and clearly articulate their use of grounded theory methodology and characteristics in research reporting.

Item ID: 43034
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Keywords: grounded theory, qualitative research, research design, nurses, midwives, coping strategies
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 03:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples Societies @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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