Open Access Getting Grounded: Using Glaserian Grounded Theory to Conduct Nursing Research La théorisation ancrée de Glaser, une base pour la recherche en sciences infirmières

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Glaserian grounded theory is a powerful research methodology for understanding client behaviour in a particular area. It is therefore especially relevant for nurse researchers. Nurse researchers use grounded theory more frequently than other qualitative analysis research methods because of its ability to provide insight into clients' experiences and to make a positive impact. However, there is much confusion about the use of grounded theory. The author delineates key components of grounded theory methodology, areas of concern, and the resulting implications for nursing knowledge development. Knowledge gained from Glaserian grounded theory research can be used to institute measures for enhancing client-nurse relationships, improving quality of care, and ultimately improving client quality of life. In addition, it can serve to expand disciplinary knowledge in nursing because the resulting substantive theory is a middle-range theory that can be subjected to later quantitative testing.

La théorisation ancrée de Glaser désigne une puissante méthodologie de recherche capable d'éclairer les comportements d'une clientèle dans un milieu donné. Elle convient donc particulièrement bien à la recherche en sciences infirmières. Les infirmières chercheuses ont recours à cette approche plus souvent qu'à toute autre méthode d'analyse qualitative, en raison des enseignements qu'on peut en tirer sur l'expérience des clients et de ses résultats positifs. L'application de la théorisation ancrée, toutefois, suscite beaucoup de confusion. L'auteure présente les éléments clés de la méthode, les questions qu'elle soulève et ses implications pour l'avancement des connaissances en sciences infirmières. Les observations découlant des recherches fondées sur la théorisation ancrée permettent d'instaurer des mesures pour améliorer les relations entre infirmière et client, la qualité des soins et, en définitive, la qualité de vie du client. En outre, elles peuvent servir à élargir les connaissances puisque la solide théorie de niveau intermédiaire qui en résulte peut être soumise ultérieurement à une évaluation quantitative.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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