Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Theory Development and Application Emphasized in Current Issue

Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Theory Development and Application Emphasized in Current Issue

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Articles presented in this issue of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice (RTNP) address a range of theory development and application strategies of interest to nurse scholars and professionals. Topics cover a range of subject matter and various clinical populations that should be of interest to the readers of RTNP.

Xie and Arslanian-Engoren report results of a literature review focused on the role of self-schema for exercise in persons with frailty and congestive heart failure. Their work illustrates the importance of literature review not only for uncovering gaps in the literature but also for establishing linkages between a concept, here self-schema for exercise, and a targeted population. Often unacknowledged as a form of theory development, explication of such linkages strengthens the web or matrix of evidence that supports validity of a theory for more general application.

Eustace and colleagues use a well-worn workhorse of theory development, concept analysis, as a strategy for clarifying a concept (family nursing) within the context of a specific clinical context (acute care). Such work establishes boundaries or limits for a concept that could enhance its usefulness for middle-range or situation-specific theory development as well as for eventual evidence-based practice applications.

Adams employs theory derivation to elaborate a theory that describes the processes surrounding a new mother's experience of discrepancy between an anticipated experience of motherhood and the actual one. …

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