Methodological quality of grounded theory research with families living with chronic illness
Keywords: 
Área de Biomedicina
Methodological quality
Grounded theory research
Systematic review
Chronic illness
Family nursing
Issue Date: 
2018
ISSN: 
1123-9255
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Creative Commons Attribution License
Citation: 
Da Silva Barreto, M. (Mayckel); Garcia-Vivar, C. (Cristina); Silva Marcon, S. (Sonia). "Methodological quality of grounded theory research with families living with chronic illness". A E C International. 2018; 8, 14 - 22
Abstract
Aim The aim of this study was to assess the methodological quality of Grounded Theory (GT) studies related to families living with chronic illness, and the extent to which the common methodological elements of GT are being attended to by researchers. Method Systematic review. Four databases were searched for GT studies, published between 2010 and 2015. To assess the methodological quality of the studies, seven elements of rigor were identified: constant comparative analysis, coding process, theoretical sampling, theoretical data saturation, memos, diagram and central category/theoretical model. Results Of the forty-seven articles included, twenty-four (51.0%) were classified as excellent, fifteen (31.9%) as fair and eight (17.1%) as poor. Most articles used the constant comparative analysis (93.5%), coding process (91.3%), theoretical data saturation (85.0%) and the development of central category or theoretical model (80.7%). However, only thirty-four studies (72.3%) presented diagrams, thirty-three (70.2%) used theoretical sampling, and thirty studies (63.7%) reported having used memos. Conclusion This review updates the state of the art about the methodological quality of GT research with families living with chronic illness and it highlights the need for consensus regarding the methodological elements to be described in GT studies in family nursing.

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