Author: Pinnock R, Welch P, Plummer D, and Young L. Publication Year: 2014
Summary: This paper explains how grounded theory may more closely resembles clinical reasoning than the rigid seemingly objective hypothetico-deductive methodology of experimental research.
Description: Clinical reasoning is the ability to ‘sort through a cluster of features presented by a patient and accurately assign a diagnostic label, with the development of an appropriate treatment strategy as the end goal’ (Eva 2005). It is central to our clinical practice, yet the process remains an enigma and continues to present a challenge to teachers and learners. Grounded theory methodology had its origins in the health social sciences. (Glaser& Strauss 1967) In this methodology theory is generated from the data collected as opposed to experimental research in which data is collected to prove or disprove hypotheses. This paper explains how grounded theory may more closely resembles clinical reasoning than the rigid seemingly objective hypothetico-deductive methodology of experimental research. Grounded theory research methodology provides a different paradigm for thinking about clinical reasoning.

Co-authors - Paul Welch, David Plummer and Louise Young.

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