Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Timely Topics and Varied Approaches Characterize Issue

Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Timely Topics and Varied Approaches Characterize Issue

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This issue of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice encompasses a range of timely topics in health care and more broadly including immigrant heath issues, mobile health care delivery, patient safety, and frailty among older adults. Authors generate a range of theoretical products and use various theory/theoretical development strategies including both integrating/synthesizing and analytic approaches. One article presents results of a quantitative study on patient safety.

Baird and Reed focus on immigrants, a topic frequently in the U.S. news and of worldwide interest. In particular, Baird and Reed examine the transition period of immigrants between the culture of origin to that of the new host culture (called liminality) and its implications for health. They propose and apply a new model for concept development (induction, deduction, evaluation, and application [ID-EA]), with the aim of generating a framework for guiding development of nursing interventions for those in liminality.

Similarly, Im and colleagues focus specifically on an immigrant population of Korean midlife women. Using an integrative approach similar to Baird and Reed, they develop a situation-specific theory to explain the experience of these women with physical activity to guide intervention.

Moore and colleagues approach the literature on mobile health (mHealth), the use of mobile technologies to enhance health care delivery and health promotion, certainly a cutting edge and rapidly expanding field. …

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