Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing / Edition 5

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Completely updated in a new 5th edition, this book details the advances that have been made in theory development and demonstrate the continued relevance of theory to nursing practice. Chapters discuss concepts, statement, and theory development with recently published examples of theory strategies, emphasizing concept analytical work. Introductory chapters clarify the relevance of theory to nursing practice, while concluding chapters contain a greater emphasis on how theories can be tested for validity and utility in practice. Features include:

  • Recent theory development work being done by nurses;
  • Emergent philosophical views that reflect increased diversity;
  • International nursing theory development.
  • Updated material through-out
  • Preliminary Notes that engage the reader with a personal voice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132156882
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/29/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 70,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Part 1 Overview of Theory and Theory Development 1

Chapter 1 Theory in Nursing: Past to Present 3

Theory Development in Nursing: A Beginner's Guide 3

A Historical Glimpse at Theory Development in Nursing as a Profession 4

Evolution of Theory Development Metatheory to Practice Theory 6

Population- and Domain-Focused Theories and Models 20

Global Nursing Theory Development Issues and Efforts 23

Summary 28

References 28

Additional Readings 38

Chapter 2 Using Knowledge Development and Theory to Inform Practice 40

Introduction 40

Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence 42

Nursing Informatics 47

Nursing Practice Research and Theory Development 49

Summary 51

Practice Exercise 52

References 52

Additional Readings 54

Chapter 3 Approaches To Theory Development Used in This Book 57

Introduction 57

Elements of Theory Building 58

Interrelatedness of Elements 62

Approaches to Theory Building 63

Strategy Selection 64

Interrelatedness of Strategies 66

Summary 68

References 68

Additional Readings 69

Part 2 Derivation Strategies 71

Chapter 4 Concept Derivation 73

Definition and Description 73

Purpose and Uses 75

Procedures for Concept Derivation 75

Application of Concept Derivation to Nursing 78

Advantages and Limitations 80

Utilizing the Results of Concept Derivation 80

Summary 81

Practice Exercise 81

References 83

Chapter 5 Statement Derivation 84

Definition and Description 84

Purpose and Uses 87

Procedures for Statement Derivation 87

Application of Statement Derivation to Nursing 88

Advantages and Limitations 90

Utilizing the Results of Statement Derivation 90

Summary 91

Practice Exercises 91

References 92

Additional Readings 93

Chapter 6 Theory Derivation 94

Definition and Description 94

Purpose and Uses 95

Procedures for Theory Derivation 96

Examples of Theory Derivation to Nursing 99

Application of Theory Derivation to Nursing 99

Advantages and Limitations 101

Utilizing the Results of Theory Derivation 102

Summary 102

Practice Exercises 103

References 103

Additional Readings 104

Part 3 Synthesis Strategies 105

Chapter 7 Concept Synthesis 107

Definition and Description 107

Purpose and Uses 108

Approaches to Concept Synthesis 109

Procedures for Concept Synthesis 112

Advantages and Limitations 113

Utilizing the Results of Concept Synthesis 114

Summary 114

Practice Exercises 115

References 116

Additional Readings 118

Chapter 8 Statement Synthesis 119

Definition and Description 119

Purpose and Uses 121

Procedures for Statement Synthesis 122

Advantages and Limitations 134

Utilizing the Results of Statement Synthesis 135

Summary 135

Practice Exercises 136

Self-Assessment Test of Introductory Statistics 137

References 138

Additional Readings 139

Chapter 9 Theory Synthesis 140

Definition and Description 140

Example of the Use of Theory Synthesis Process 142

Purpose and Uses 143

Procedures for Theory Synthesis 144

Illustrations of Theory Synthesis 147

Advantages and Limitations 149

Utilizing the Results of Theory Synthesis 150

Theory Synthesis and Integrative Models and Theories 150

Summary 151

Practice Exercises 151

References 152

Additional Readings in Theory Development 153

Part 4 Analysis Strategies 155

Chapter 10 Concept Analysis 157

Definition and Description 157

Purpose and Uses 158

Procedures for Concept Analysis 159

Advantages and Limitations 169

Utilizing the Results of Concept Analysis 172

Response to Criticism of This Method 173

Summary 173

An Additional Example and Practice Exercise 174

Practice Exercise 176

References 176

Additional Readings 178

Chapter 11 Statement Analysis 180

Definition and Description 180

Purpose and Uses 181

Steps in Statement Analysis 181

Advantages and Limitations 189

Utilizing the Results of Statement Analysis 189

Summary 190

Practice Exercises 190

References 191

Additional Readings 192

Chapter 12 Theory Analysis 193

Definition and Description 193

Purpose and Uses 194

Procedures for Theory Analysis 194

Advantages and Limitations 205

Utilizing the Results of Theory Analysis 206

Summary 206

Practice Exercise 207

References 210

Additional Readings 211

Part 5 Perspectives on Theory and Its Credibility 213

Chapter 13 Concept, Statement, and Theory Testing 215

Introduction 215

Concept Testing 217

Statement Testing 220

Theory Testing 222

Summary 226

References 226

Additional Readings 228

Index 230

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