A grounded theory study exploring critical care staff experiences of approaching relatives for organ donation

UoM administered thesis: Phd


This thesis has been constructed for the award of Professional Doctorate (DProf) in Health and Social Care. The thesis is presented over six Chapters. Chapter 1: Provides an introduction to the thesis, overview of the research and personal and professional location of the researcher. In addition, a background narrative is provided on organ donation which helps to contextualise the research. The concepts of death and dying are explored which is the starting point for organ donation. Chapter 2: Provides a narrative review of the evidence and research that has gone before, assisting in the identification of gaps within the body of established knowledge. Following the narrative review, the chapter progresses to critically analyse the selected evidence sources which help to shape the original contribution that the thesis offers. Chapter 3: The methodological approach that was employed for the research study is discussed within this chapter. This helps the reader to appreciate the data collection method, sample size and selection, and ethical considerations that were observed during the study. Chapter 4: Critically explores the data analysis process that was applied following data collection. The data coding process is explicated using the analytical process advised by Charmaz (2006). Chapter 5: The findings from the study are explicated in this chapter. To ensure transparency in theoretical category development, examples of the selective coding process, use of reflective memos and abstract situational mapping are provided. Additionally, a discussion of four theoretical categories are integrated in the chapter, supported by an underpinning of theoretical perspectives and evidence. Finally, the core category entitled ‘Fear’ is presented which leads to the development of a conceptual framework. Chapter 6: This final chapter presents personal reflections, recommendations for practice, limitations of the study and conclusion.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Salford - Faculty of Health & Social Care
  • Michelle Howarth (External person) (Supervisor)
  • Martin Johnson (External person) (Supervisor)
Award date2018