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Nurse Educ Today. 1991 Jun;11(3):167-71.

Development of substantive theory in nursing.

Abstract

The lack of a comprehensive, substantive theory base has resulted in the profession of nursing borrowing theoretical assumptions, concepts, and research instruments from other disciplines to examine nursing phenomena. Nurse researchers have focused their attention primarily on applied research leaving the development of substantive theory to others. If the nursing profession is to develop a scientifically-based practice, nurses will need to engage in debates about the need for and methods of generating substantive theory and shift from the use of borrowed knowledge and methods to original nursing research. In order to broaden the theoretical conceptualisations and directions of nursing research for the development of a substantive theory base, multi-method perspectives are necessary. Triangulation of qualitative and quantitative methods is one way to design research that will allow for development of substantive theory through the use of multiple methodology. This paper describes one method of preparing doctoral nurse students for triangulation of methods and to develop substantive theory for nursing practice.

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