Juliette Corbin and Anselm Strauss

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Juliette Corbin and Anselm Strauss


The Corbin and Strauss Trajectory Model proposed that nursing care should differ along a trajectory of eight phases to meet patients' and families' needs.

·     Chronic Illness Theory - Nursing 765,  Lecture Notes, Chronic Illness. - Old Dominion University, School of Nursing .

·         Re-thinking stroke rehabilitation: the Corbin and Strauss chronic illness trajectory framework (Burton. C.R. 2000. Journal of Advanced Nursing 32, 3 p 595-602) (PDF Document)

Hope and the Illness Trajectory - The concept of illness trajectory

Considers the time from diagnosis through the various perturbations of disease progression and remission.

Corbin and Strauss’ different phases:

  • “Comeback” from the initial illness.

  • “Stable phase” (during which the patient’s function is maintained).

  • “Unstable phase” (during which there is disease recurrence).

  • “Downward trajectory” (during which the person’s ability to function is in decline and results ultimately in death).  (Corbin and Strauss, 1991)


Anselm L. Strauss - (December 18, 1916 - September 5, 1996) Sociologist Anselm Strauss was internationally known as a medical sociologist (especially for his pioneering attention to chronic illness and dying) and as the developer (with Barney Glaser) of grounded theory, an innovative method of qualitative analysis widely used in sociology, nursing, education, social work, and organizational studies.
Juliet Corbin, RN DNSc - Juliet Corbin, RN DNSc. Adjunct Professor. Lecturer. San Jose State University.


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