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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book discusses middle-range theories relevant to nursing practice. Research support for these theories is included in this second edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate the application of theory to nursing practice. This is a useful objective, since the focus of nursing is to have theory-directed practice. The editor has met this goal.
Audience: The target audience includes those in graduate level nursing programs. This book would be very useful for discussion of theories related to nursing practice. The editor and contributors are directly involved in the specific theories covered and, therefore, the level of expertise is high.
Features: Nine middle-range theories are discussed using a case study approach. For each theory, a clinical vignette is presented, possible theories are proposed and contrasted, and one theory is chosen for application and identification of nursing interventions. A summary of research related to the each theory is presented.
Assessment: This book will be useful to the target audience. The need to understand theory-based practice is essential to achieving the goal of improved patient care. This edition is needed to incorporate the latest research related to the theories.