Integrating concepts for the development of qualitatively-derived theory.

Janice M. Morse, Judith E. Hupcey, Janice Penrod, Carl Mitcham

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The development of qualitatively-derived theory (QDT) remains a challenge for researchers wishing to retain the complexity of reality. The techniques of concept integration provide a means to link concepts according to their shared attributes and logically according to their mutual interactions, reactions, and responses. While retaining all of the advantages of qualitative induction, integrating concepts in this manner places QDT theory at the upper end of mid-range theory, or disclosive theory, to produce a theory of higher abstraction and broader scope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Research and Theory


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