Article Analysis: Anthony Tuckett's 'The Experience of Lying in Dementia Care'
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Anthony Tuckett's "The experience of lying in dementia care: A qualitative study" This article is an excellent example of work that is based on grounded theory and demonstrates the ways in which qualitative research provides the kind of rich data that are often lacking when a quantitative study is used. This is not to say that either qualitative or quantitative studies are better than each other. Rather, these different types of studies provide different types of data, and these different types of data provide answers to different types of questions. Tuckett notes that he is using a method called "grounded theory", which is a relatively new methodology. Its origins are in the methodological fields of participatory and feminist research and it is designed to elicit the ways in which subjects of a particular culture or subculture understand their world and determine the meaning of what they do. It should thus be clear that this is an ideal methodology for an investigation of how the professional staff members that he interviewed came to assign meaning to the ways in which they communicated with their patients (Dauwerse, Dam, & Abma, 2012). Tuckett was interested not in the formal rules of the organizations that he was studying. That is, he was not interested in learning what people knew that they should be doing according to their job descriptions and the formally expressed ethics of their professions. Rather, he was interested in