Sally Thorne, PhD, RN, DSc (Hon), FAAN, FCAHS, FCAN


UBC School of Nursing
T213 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 2B5

Dr. Thorne studies patient experience in serious and life-limiting conditions such as chronic disease and cancer, most recently focusing on palliative approaches to care delivery across sectors and nurses’ experiences with medical assistance in dying. In addition to advising various professional and policy organizations, she actively fosters nursing scholarship development through her philosophical and methodological activities and in her role as Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Inquiry. 


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Thorne, S. E. (In press). Applied interpretive approaches. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of qualitative research  (2nd ed).  New York: Oxford University Press. 

Thorne, S. (2019.) Theoretical foundations of nursing practice. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Perry, P. Stockert, A. Hall, B. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (6rd ed). Toronto: Elsevier/ Mosby.

Thorne, S.E. (2019). Graduate education. In M. McIntyre & C. McDonald  (Eds.), Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues (5rd ed) (pp. 183-200). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Thorne, S. (2019). Designing qualitative research to have an impact on healthcare from the outset. In D. Muller & C. Hayre (Eds.), Enhancing healthcare and rehabilitation: The impact of qualitative research (pp. 365-377). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Johnson, J.L, & Thorne, S. (2019). Reflection and reflexivity: On being a nurse. In Gregory, D., Raymond, C., Patrick, L., & Stephen, T. (Eds.), Fundamentals: Perspectives on the Art and Science of Canadian Nursing (2nd ed.) (pp. 696-706). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Thorne, S. (2016). Interpretive description: Qualitative research for applied practice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Greenhalgh, T., et al. [total of 76 authors/signators from 11 countries] (2016). An open letter to BMJ editors on qualitative research. BMJ (British Medical Journal), 352: i563  doi: 10.1136/bmj.i563

Thorne, S. (2016). The status and use value of qualitative research findings: New ways to make sense of qualitative work. In Lipscomb, M. (Ed.), Exploring evidence-based practice: Debates and challenges in nursing (pp.79-90). New York: Routledge.

Thorne, S. (2015). A view from the pinnacle: Conversations with Martha Piper. In E. Whittaker (Ed.) Solitudes of the workplace: Women in universities. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

INANE “Predatory Publishing Practices” Collaborative  [S.Thorne, P.L. Chinn, L.H. Nicoll, R. Pickler, P. D’Antonio, C. Connolly, C. Peternelj-Taylor, D. Welliver, J. D. Baker, A. Flanagin, L. Bradley-Springer]. (2014). Predatory publishing: What editors need to know. Nurse Author & Editor, 24(3),

Truant, T. & Thorne, S. (Nov 5, 2014). How nurses can contribute to transforming cancer care systems. Association of Registered Nurses of BC Blog.

Thorne, S. (2014). Nursing as social justice: A case for the emancipatory thrust of conventional theorizing. In Kagan, P., Smith, M., & Chinn, P.L. (Eds.), Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing: Social justice as praxis (pp. 79-90).  New York: Routledge.

Thorne, S. (2014). Applied interpretive approaches. In P. Leavy (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of qualitative research methods (pp. 99-115). New York: Oxford University Press.

Coward, P., Butcher, C., Cook, H., Foley, L., Johnston, S., Kjorven, M., Lau, F., Penney, C., Thorne, S. 2014. Dying to care: How can we provide sustainable quality care to persons living with advanced life limiting illness in British Columbia? iPanel Advisory Board Recommendations to British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Sinclair, D., Noyes, J. Pearson, G., Thorne, S., Turale, S., & Watson, R. (2014). Writing for publication: An easy to follow guide for nurses interested in publishing their work. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

Thorne, S. (2014). Toward rediscovering unfunded research/ Vers uen rédécouverte de al recherché non financée. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 24(3), pp. 141-143

Thorne, S. & Sawatzky, R. (2014). Nursing and quality of life. In A.C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research(online and hard copy versions) (pp. 4399-4402). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Thorne, S.E. (2014). Graduate education. In McIntyre, M. & McDonald, C. (Eds.), Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues (4rd ed) (pp. 202-222). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Thorne, S. (2014). Theoretical foundations of nursing practice. In J.C. Ross-Kerr, M.J. Wood, B.T. Astle & W. Duggleby (Eds), Potter & Perry’s Canadian fundamentals of nursing (5rd ed) (pp. 54-64). Toronto: Elsevier/ Mosby.

Thorne, S. (2013). 5 Questions. In A. Forss, C. Ceci & J. S. Drummond (Eds.) Philosophy of nursing: 5 questions (pp. 231-240). New York & London: Automatic Press/VIP.

Thorne, S. (2013). Secondary qualitative data analysis. In C. T. Beck (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research (393-404). New York: Taylor & Francis.

Thorne, S. (2013). Interpretive description. In C. T. Beck (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research (pp. 295-306). New Yorks: Taylor & Francis.

Thorne, S. (2013). Research vignette: Creating qualitatively derived knowledge for a practice discipline. In G. LoBiondo-Wood, J. Haber, C. Cameron & M.D. Singh (Eds.), Nursing research in Canada: Methods, critical appraisal, and utilization (3rd ed.) (pp. 144-6). Toronto: Elsevier.

Hartzell, R., Truant, T., Rashleigh, L., & Thorne, S. (2012). Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology National Strategy for Chemotherapy Administration Phase Three Evaluation Strategy Final Report. Vancouver, BC: Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie

Katayama, Y., McLeod, B., Stajduhar, K.I. Carr, M., Cox-Russell, S., & Thorne, S.  (2012). Providing clinical on-site consultation in home palliative care to support home care nurses: Learning from a Canadian experience. (Japanese Journal of) Hospice and Home Care, 20(3), 286-296.

Duncan, S., Thorne, S. & Rodney, P. (2012). Understanding the implications of the changing regulatory environment in nursing: Insights from the BC experience. Vancouver: Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC).

Miyar Otero, L., Fong, M, Papineau, D., Thorne, S., Zanetti, M.L. (2011). Testing a prediabetes screening approach for a Latin American population in Vancouver, Canada. Journal of Nursing & Health Care in Chronic Illness, 3,329-338.

Thorne, S. (2011). Lifespan: Care coordination for chronic illness/disabilities and the family. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S.R Pehler (Eds.),Encyclopedia of Family Health (pp. 697-702). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Thorne, S. (2011). Theoretical issues in nursing. In J. C. Ross-Kerr & M.J. Wood (Eds.), Canadian nursing: Issues and perspectives (5th ed.) (pp. 85-104). Toronto: Elsevier.

Thorne, S.E. (2010). Graduate education. In McIntyre, M. & McDonald, C. (Eds.), Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues (3rd ed) (pp. 203-222). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins

Morse, J.M., Coulehan, J., Thorne, S., Bottorff, J., Cheek, J., & Kuzel, A. (2009). Editorial: Data expressions or expressing data. Qualitative Health Research, 19(8), 1035-1036.

Thorne, S. (2009). Theoretical foundations of nursing. In J.C. Ross-Kerr & M.J. Wood (Eds), Potter & Perry’s Canadian fundamentals of nursing (4rd ed) (pp. 63-73). Toronto: Elsevier Mosby.

Thorne, S.E. (2008). Meta-synthesis. In L.M. Given (Ed.), The SAGE Enclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 510-513.

Thorne, S. (2008).  Editorial: Communication in chronic care: Confronting the evidence challenge in an era of system reform. Journal of Nursing & Health Care of Chronic Illlness,17, 294-297.

Thorne, S. (2008). Interpretive description. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Thorne, S. (2008). Data analysis in qualitative research. In Cullum, N, Ciliska, D., Haynes, R.B. & Marks, S.(Eds.), Evidence-based nursing: An introduction (pp. 93-100). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Thorne, S. & Sawatzky, R. (2007). Particularizing the general: Challenges in teaching the structure of evidence-based nursing practice. In Drummond, J.S. & Standish, P (Eds.), The Philosophy of Nurse Education. (pp. 161-175). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pesut, B. & Thorne, S. (2007). From private to public: Negotiating professional and personal identities in spiritual care. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58, 396-403.

Thorne, S. (2007). Conceptualizing the purpose of nursing: Philosophical challenges in creating meaningful theoretical learning experiences. In Young, L.E. & Paterson, B (Eds.), Teaching nursing: Developing a student-centered learning environment. (pp. 347-363). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

McPherson, G. & Thorne, S. (2006). Exploiting exceptions to enhance interpretive qualitative health research: Insights from a study of cancer communication. International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, 5(2), Article 1, Retrieved 2007. See Full Text

Thorne, S. (2005). Courtesy, respect, emgagement: Can communication contribute to wellness?  Rehab & Community Care Medicine, 14(1), 12-14.

Thorne, S., McGuinness, L., McPherson, G., Con, A., Cunningham, M.& Harris, S.R. (2004). Health care communication issues in fibromyalgia: An interpretive description. Physiotherapy Canada, 56, 31-38.

Bultz, B.D., Thorne, S., Fitch, M.F. (2004). Who owns emotional care of the cancer patient?: Untangling the conceptual confusion. Oncology Exchange, 3, 32-35.

Thorne, S. (2004). Qualitative secondary analysis. In M. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman & T.F. Liao (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Research Methods for the Social Science, vol 3. (pp. 1006). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Thorne, S. Reimer Kirkham, S. & O’Flynn-Magee, K. (2004). The analytic challenge in interpretive description. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 3, Retrieved 2004. See Full Text.

Thorne, S. (2003). Graduate education. In McIntyre, M. & Tomlinson, B (Eds.), Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues. (pp. 205-224). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Thorne, S. (2003). Theoretical issues in nursing. In J. C. Ross-Kerr & M.J. Wood (Eds.), Canadian nursing: Issues and perspectives 4th ed.(pp. 116-134). Toronto: Mosby.

Thorne, S. (2003). Internationalizing practice: The UBC-Guru Nanak partnership project. In J. D. Ross-Kerr & M. J. Woods (Eds.), Canadian nursing: Issues and perspectives 4th ed. (pp. 518-519). Toronto: Mosby.

Thorne, S., Joachim, G., Paterson, G., & Canam, C. (2002). Influence of the research frame on qualitatively-derived health science knowledge. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 1. See Full Text

Thorne, S.E. (2001). The implications of disciplinary agenda on quality criteria for qualitative research. In J.M. Morse, J. Swanson, & A. Kuzel (Eds.), The nature of qualitative evidence. (pp. 141-159). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Stajduhar, K. I., Balneaves, L. G., & Thorne, S. E. (2001). A case for the "middle ground": Exploring the tensions of postmodern thought in nursing. Nursing Philosophy, 2, 72-82.

Thorne, S. (2001). Genetic Nursing in Canada. In S.L Feetham (Ed.), Nursing and genetics: Leadership for global health. (pp. 49-51). International Council of Nurses Monograph.

Thorne, S. & Perry J.A. (2001). Theoretical foundations of nursing practice. In P.A Potter, A.J. Perry, J.C. Ross-Kerr & M.J. Wood (Eds.),Canadian fundamentals of nursing 2nd ed. (pp. 86-100). Toronto, ON: Mosby.

Paterson, B., Thorne, S., Canam, C. & Jillings, C. (2001). Meta-Study of Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Guide to Meta-Analysis and Meta-Synthesis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Thorne, S.E., Kazanjian, A., & MacEntee, M. I. (2001). Oral health in long-term care: The implications of organizational culture. Journal of Aging Studies, 15, 271-283.

Thorne, S.E. (2001). Promoting health at the client/professional interface. In L.E. Young & V.E. Hayes (Eds.), Transforming health practice: Concepts, issues, and applications. (pp. 59-70). F.A. Davis.

Thorne, S. (2001). People and their parts: Deconstructing the debates in theorizing nursing’s clients. Nursing Philosophy, 2(3), 259-262.

Thorne, S. (2000). Data analysis in qualitative research. Evidence Based Nursing, 3, 68-70.

Thorne, S.E. (1999). Rethinking the problem of non-compliance in chronic illness. In J. Guimòn, W. Fischer & N. Sartorius (Eds.), The image of madness: The public facing mental illness and psychiatric treatment. (pp. 231-238). Basel: Karger.

Thorne, S. (1997). Phenomenological positivism and other problematic trends in health science research. Qualitative Health Research, 7(2), 287-293.

Thorne, S. (1997). The art and science of critiquing qualitative research. In J. M. Morse (Ed.), Completing a qualitative project: Details and dialogue. (pp. 117-132). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Thorne, S.E. & Hayes, V.E. (1997). Nursing Praxis: Knowledge and Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage..

Thorne, S., & Jillings, C. (1996). Quality of life science: Implications for cancer nursing. Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal, 6(2), 72-74.

Thorne, S. (1994). Secondary analysis in qualitative research: Issues and implications. In J. Morse (Ed.), Critical Issues in Qualitative Research Methods. (pp. 263-279). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Thorne, S.E. (1993). Negotiating Health Care: The Social Context of Chronic Illness. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Thorne, S.E. (1991). Methodological orthodoxy in qualitative nursing research: Analysis of the issues. Qualitative Health Research, 1, 178-199.

Thorne, S.E. (1990). Constructive non-compliance in chronic illness. Holistic Nursing Practice, 5(1), 62-69.

Robinson, C.A., & Thorne, S.E. (1989). Understanding disruptive behaviours in the critical care setting. Critical Care Nursing, 9(4), 82-83.

Robinson, C.A., & Thorne, S.E. (1988). Qualitative nursing research: Dilemmas of ethics and validity. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research,20(1), 65-76.

Robinson, C.A., & Thorne, S.E. (1984). Strengthening family interference. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 9, 597-602.


Supervisor eligibility: 

  • MHLP
  • MN
  • MSN – thesis
  • MSN – non-thesis
  • PhD