Grounded Theory

Definition

Health Economics

  • Grounded theory is a form of qualitative analysis and underpins much action research. It is a research process that models a process of discovery - for example, that of discovering hypotheses and theories that may account for empirical observations (quantitative or qualitative) and be predictive of phenomena not previously anticipated. It proceeds initially through data collection (a process that will have probably been informed by some implicit theoretical ideas) and the making of interpretative comments on the data, through comparison of these data with other material (primary or in literature), at which stage tentative hypotheses might suggest themselves and are written down. Reflection on these may then lead to more explicit theorizing, which may generate ideas for further data collection and comparison.
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