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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN (Winona State University)
Description: This book contains an excellent array of middle range theories and descriptions of the relevance of these theories for nursing practice, research, and education. The previous edition, published in 2009, received an AJN Book of the Year Award.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the significance of middle range theory development, describe middle range theories, and detail a concept building approach through practice stories. The editors, with this clearly organized book, accomplish their purpose, providing relevant and timely information about middle range theories.
Audience: The book is intended for nurses, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, nursing researchers, and nursing educators. The authors are well versed in middle range theories, possessing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide a quality source of information about this topic.
Features: The first of the book's three sections is a meta-perspective of middle range theories, providing readers with a broad understanding of these theories for nursing practice. The second section provides a wide array of middle range theories. Using a consistent format, the chapters in this section describe the middle range theories. This section also presents two new and important theories about self-reliance and transitions. The third section uses actual nursing practice stories in a novel approach to concept development. A continued unique feature is the table at the end of the book summarizing middle range theories from 1988-2012.
Assessment: This is an outstanding edition of this book. It has great relevance for learning about, developing, and using middle range theories. It is very user friendly, yet scholarly, which will appeal to readers.