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Grounded theory in public health research

Chapter in book
Authors Lotta Dellve
Kajsa H. Abrahamsson
Ulrika Trulsson
Lillemor R-M Hallberg
Published in Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research - Theoretical foundations and practical examples
Pages 137 - 173
ISBN 9789144021799
Publisher Studentlitteratur
Place of publication Lund
Publication year 2002
Published at Institute of Odontology
Department of Psychology
Institute of Internal Medicine, Dept of Medicine
Pages 137 - 173
Language en
Keywords Medicinsk forskningsmetodik, Medicin: metodlära, Qualitative research
Subject categories Public health medicine research areas, Psychology

Abstract

The 2nd Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Methods in the Service of Health, held in Göteborg in August 2001, was the starting-point for this book. Researchers from different disciplines contribute knowledge and research experience to this anthology. The main aim of the book is to point at the value of diversity in public health research and the challenge of using qualitative methods complementary to traditional epidemiological methods. The book gives the reader an analysis of the uniqueness and the theoretical foundations for qualitative methods and a discussion of the nature of qualitative research in general. Different qualitative methods appropriate to different research questions in the public health area are practically illustrated as well as the nature of knowledge obtained through these methods. The present book especially highlights phenomenology, phenomenography, grounded theory and narrative research. In sum, the aim of the book is to provide students with theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of qualitative research. This anthology targets students in health care and public health as well as doctoral students and practicing researchers with an interest in qualitative methods.

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