Grounding osteopathic research – introducing grounded theory

Oliver P. Thomson, Nicola Petty, Julie Scholes

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Over the last four decades there has been a proliferation of qualitative research into healthcare practice, including manual therapy. Grounded theory is the most widely used qualitative research methodology, and has contributed to the knowledge base of a number of healthcare professions. This Masterclass provides an introduction to grounded theory and uses a recent doctoral study into osteopathic clinical decision-making as an example to illustrate the main processes and procedures when conducting and evaluating grounded theory research. This paper highlights how grounded theory research may be of help in developing a robust and rounded evidence-base in relation to osteopathic practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-186
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

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  • Grounded theory
  • Qualitative research
  • Methodology
  • Research methods
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Decision-making
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Osteopathy
  • Osteopathic medicine


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