How to do a grounded theory study: a worked example of a study of dental practices

BMC Medical Research Methodology
Alexandra SbarainiAnthony Blinkhorn


Qualitative methodologies are increasingly popular in medical research. Grounded theory is the methodology most-often cited by authors of qualitative studies in medicine, but it has been suggested that many 'grounded theory' studies are not concordant with the methodology. In this paper we provide a worked example of a grounded theory project. Our aim is to provide a model for practice, to connect medical researchers with a useful methodology, and to increase the quality of 'grounded theory' research published in the medical literature. We documented a worked example of using grounded theory methodology in practice. We describe our sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. We explain how these steps were consistent with grounded theory methodology, and show how they related to one another. Grounded theory methodology assisted us to develop a detailed model of the process of adapting preventive protocols into dental practice, and to analyse variation in this process in different dental practices. By employing grounded theory methodology rigorously, medical researchers can better design and justify their methods, and produce high-quality findings that will be more useful to patients, professionals and the resea...Continue Reading


Oct 1, 1991·Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology·P J RiordanA B Tveit
Jan 1, 1990·Social Science & Medicine·K Charmaz
Oct 1, 1986·Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology·I Espelid
Jul 15, 1995·BMJ : British Medical Journal·N Mays, C Pope
Aug 22, 2001·Western Journal of Nursing Research·J Kendall
Jul 26, 2002·Australian Dental Journal·P L B TanM V Morgan
Mar 4, 2006·Qualitative Health Research·Diane Walker, Florence Myrick
Aug 9, 2008·BMJ : British Medical Journal·Ayelet KuperWendy Levinson
Jan 13, 2009·Australian Dental Journal·A Sbaraini, R W Evans

❮ Previous
Next ❯


Jun 26, 2012·BMC Health Services Research·Alexandra SbarainiAnthony Blinkhorn
Jan 1, 2014·African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine·Langalibalele H MabuzaBob Mash
Jan 28, 2014·Academic Psychiatry : the Journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry·Susan GeorgeJeffrey L Jackson
Jan 13, 2015·Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing : JOGNN·Leonora HendsonDavid B Nicholas
Jan 6, 2016·International Journal for Equity in Health·Tomoki IkaiHidekazu Terasawa
Oct 13, 2015·Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries·Zhengjia RenDahai Hu
Jan 30, 2013·Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology·Alexandra SbarainiAnthony Blinkhorn
Apr 15, 2016·Health & Justice·Emily H ThomasPeggy G Chen
Apr 22, 2015·Journal of Genetic Counseling·Hilda A CrawfordKathryn N North
Dec 20, 2014·Health Services Research·Geraldine Foley, Virpi Timonen
Mar 20, 2015·Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien D'anesthésie·Anne Wong
May 3, 2016·Journal of Clinical Nursing·Li-Hsiang WangHsueh-Erh Liu
Aug 28, 2016·Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology : PACE·Ariel R GreenDaniel D Matlock
Feb 9, 2017·Palliative & Supportive Care·Keson TayLalit Kumar Radha Krishna
Feb 26, 2016·Journal of Applied Gerontology : the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society·Nathan A Boucher
Mar 21, 2018·Qualitative Health Research·Christa BoychukHeather Stuart
May 31, 2018·International Journal of Mental Health Nursing·Scott BruneroDaniel Nicholls
May 16, 2017·Australian Health Review : a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association·Ashley McAllister, Stephen R Leeder
Aug 10, 2018·Health Promotion Journal of Australia : Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals·Sharon Elizabeth Swaney, Sharyn Burns
Apr 29, 2018·Academic Psychiatry : the Journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry·Inbar RaberAnna Lembke
Jan 25, 2019·Sociology of Health & Illness·Rikke Tokle, Willy Pedersen
Feb 9, 2019·The International Journal of Health Planning and Management·Yuhui RuanJun Lu
Apr 11, 2019·Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education : a Bimonthly Publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology·Chandrani MishraKari L Clase
Jun 23, 2019·Occupational Therapy in Health Care·Moses Nguu IkiuguLana van Niekerk
Oct 25, 2017·Journal of Psychosocial Oncology·Judith R GreenerStephen J Lepore
Sep 30, 2020·The International Journal of Health Planning and Management·Yuhui Ruan, Demi Zhu
Aug 17, 2017·Health Promotion Practice·Susan Racine PassmoreStephen B Thomas
May 25, 2018·Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice : Official Publication of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners·Eskinder Eshetu AliKevin Yi-Lwern Yap
Feb 23, 2019·Health·Roderick John LawrenceJoris Zufferey
Nov 6, 2015·Addiction Science & Clinical Practice·Anna Lembke, Niushen Zhang
Jan 4, 2018·Journal of Interpersonal Violence·Tara FlemingtonJennifer Fraser

❮ Previous
Next ❯

Related Concepts

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Evolution of Pluripotency

Pluripotency refers to the ability of a cell to develop into three primary germ cell layers of the embryo. This feed focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of pluripotency. Here is the latest research.

Nuclear Pore Complex in ALS/FTD

Alterations in nucleocytoplasmic transport, controlled by the nuclear pore complex, may be involved in the pathomechanism underlying multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia. Here is the latest research on the nuclear pore complex in ALS and FTD.

Epigenetics Insights from Twin Studies

Find the latest research on epigenetics and twin studies here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.


Microbicides are products that can be applied to vaginal or rectal mucosal surfaces with the goal of preventing, or at least significantly reducing, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Here is the latest research on microbicides.

Applications of Molecular Barcoding

The concept of molecular barcoding is that each original DNA or RNA molecule is attached to a unique sequence barcode. Sequence reads having different barcodes represent different original molecules, while sequence reads having the same barcode are results of PCR duplication from one original molecule. Discover the latest research on molecular barcoding here.

Regulation of Vocal-Motor Plasticity

Dopaminergic projections to the basal ganglia and nucleus accumbens shape the learning and plasticity of motivated behaviors across species including the regulation of vocal-motor plasticity and performance in songbirds. Discover the latest research on the regulation of vocal-motor plasticity here.

Myocardial Stunning

Myocardial stunning is a mechanical dysfunction that persists after reperfusion of previously ischemic tissue in the absence of irreversible damage including myocardial necrosis. Here is the latest research.