Evaluating Nursing Interventions / Edition 1

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Overview

The authors of this innovative book offer a comprehensive perspective on nursing intervention together with theory-driven guidelines for future study. They provide a clear explanation of the problems encountered in outcomes and intervention research and then proceed, via the Intervention Theory, to show how these studies can be undertaken reasonably and comprehensively.

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Reviewer: Gayle J. Acton, PhD, RNC (University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This book presents the argument that intervention effectiveness research should be theory driven in order to develop and expand clinically relevant knowledge. The authors maintain that traditional outcomes evaluation provides a narrow understanding of the effects of an intervention on an outcome and fails to analyze the mechanisms linking the intervention to the outcome. It also does not take into consideration the potential influence of extraneous variables on the outcomes. Further, the authors argue that this information is needed in order to prescribe interventions correctly and apply them successfully in everyday practice.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to critically analyze the factors influencing the effectiveness of an intervention in producing the desired outcomes, to examine their impact on the validity of the study conclusions, to determine the role of theory in examining these factors, and to discuss strategies for dealing with these factors. The authors propose theory-driven evaluation as a way to develop better, more clinically relevant interventions for nursing practice.
Audience: The book is aimed at students, researchers, and clinicians and all could greatly benefit from the information contained in the book, especially students and researchers.
Features: The overall design of the book is pleasing. The text is well written and easy to understand. The chapters are well organized and contain tables and figures of important information that are helpful to the reader.
Assessment: This book is organized around the factors that could influence the effectiveness of intervention outcomes that can be addressed by intervention theory. Chapters cover traditional outcomes methodologies, reviewing their strengths and weaknesses. The theory-driven approach to effectiveness research is described and illustrated. Next, factors related to clients' effect on interventions is addressed and intervenor and setting-related factors are examined. Also covered are the difficulties of measuring process variables and the importance of selecting outcome variables that are sensitive to the intervention being tested. The authors of the book make a very credible argument that intervention research must move from causal connection to causal explanation, arguing that a theory-driven approach is needed to make this transition. This is an excellent book and one that is highly recommended to those engaged in intervention research.
Gayle J. Acton
This book presents the argument that intervention effectiveness research should be theory driven in order to develop and expand clinically relevant knowledge. The authors maintain that traditional outcomes evaluation provides a narrow understanding of the effects of an intervention on an outcome and fails to analyze the mechanisms linking the intervention to the outcome. It also does not take into consideration the potential influence of extraneous variables on the outcomes. Further, the authors argue that this information is needed in order to prescribe interventions correctly and apply them successfully in everyday practice. The purpose of the book is to critically analyze the factors influencing the effectiveness of an intervention in producing the desired outcomes, to examine their impact on the validity of the study conclusions, to determine the role of theory in examining these factors, and to discuss strategies for dealing with these factors. The authors propose theory-driven evaluation as a way to develop better, more clinically relevant interventions for nursing practice. The book is aimed at students, researchers, and clinicians and all could greatly benefit from the information contained in the book, especially students and researchers. The overall design of the book is pleasing. The text is well written and easy to understand. The chapters are well organized and contain tables and figures of important information that are helpful to the reader. This book is organized around the factors that could influence the effectiveness of intervention outcomes that can be addressed by intervention theory. Chapters cover traditional outcomes methodologies, reviewing their strengths andweaknesses. The theory-driven approach to effectiveness research is described and illustrated. Next, factors related to clients' effect on interventions is addressed and intervenor and setting-related factors are examined. Also covered are the difficulties of measuring process variables and the importance of selecting outcome variables that are sensitive to the intervention being tested. The authors of the book make a very credible argument that intervention research must move from causal connection to causal explanation, arguing that a theory-driven approach is needed to make this transition. This is an excellent book and one that is highly recommended to those engaged in intervention research.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761903161
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Souraya Sidani is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the School of Nursing, Ryerson University. Her areas of expertise are in quantitative research methods, intervention design and evaluation, treatment preferences, and measurement. Her research areas of interest focus on evaluating interventions and advanced practice roles, on examining patient preferences for treatments, and on refining research methods and measures for determining the clinical effectiveness of interventions.

Carrie Jo Braden is currently the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing.
She holds a masters in applied psychology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and a masters degree in community health nursing, primary care family nurse practitioner degree, and a Ph D in nursing from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Braden has published many articles on aspects of chronic illness, published textbooks in community health and in theory based intervention, and has been awarded several research grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research,National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of General Medical Science. Dr. Bradens program of research has included clinical trial tests of self-help promoting intervention effectiveness for women receiving breast cancer treatment. Her current research focuses on educational interventions to promote commitment to a research career among students from under represented groups. For over 30 years Dr. Braden has taught doctoral level students concentration on courses on theory based evaluation and theory based intervention.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Outcomes Research
The Theory-Driven Approach to Effectiveness Research
Characteristics of Clients
Intervener and Setting Characteristics
Intervention Variables
Outcomes-Related Factors
Implications for Effectiveness Research

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