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Method development at Nordic School of Public Health NHV: Phenomenology and Grounded Theory
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 43, 61-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Background: Qualitative methods such as phenomenology and grounded theory have been valuable tools in studying public health problems. Aim: A description and comparison of these methods. Results: Phenomenology emphasises an inside perspective in form of consciousness and subjectively lived experiences, whereas grounded theory emanates from the idea that interactions between people create new insights and knowledge. Fundamental aspects of phenomenology include life world, consciousness, phenomenological reduction and essence. Significant elements in grounded theory are coding, categories and core categories, which develop a theory. Conclusions: There are differences in the philosophical approach, the name of the concept and the systematic tools between the methods. Thus, the phenomenological method is appropriate when studying emotional and existential research problems, and grounded theory is a method more suited to investigate processes. © 2015 the Nordic Societies of Public Health.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 43, 61-65 p.
Keyword [en]
education; grounded theory; history; human; medical research; philosophy; procedures; public health; qualitative research; Scandinavia; school, Biomedical Research; Grounded Theory; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Humans; Philosophy; Public Health; Qualitative Research; Scandinavian and Nordic Countries; Schools, Public Health
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Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
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Biomedical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42443DOI: 10.1177/1403494814568598PubMedID: 26311801ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84940392052OAI: diva2:931330
Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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