Method slurring: the grounded theory/phenomenology example

J Adv Nurs. 1992 Nov;17(11):1355-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1992.tb01859.x.


Increasingly, qualitative research methods are being embraced by nurse researchers because these approaches allow exploration of human experience. Failure to explicate qualitative methodologies is resulting in a body of nursing research that is either mislabelled or is classified broadly as qualitative and subject to charges that qualitative research lacks rigour. In this paper, the authors discuss the importance of specificity in methodology and distinguish between phenomenology and grounded theory, two frequently misused terms in the description of qualitative methodology.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods
  • Nursing Methodology Research / standards*
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Philosophy, Nursing*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design
  • Sampling Studies