The current status of theory evaluation in nursing.


Journal Article (Review)

To identify the current status of theory evaluation in nursing and provide directions for theory evaluation for future development of theoretical bases of nursing discipline.Theory evaluation is an essential component in development of nursing knowledge, which is a critical element in development of nursing discipline. Despite earlier significant efforts for theory evaluation in nursing, a recent decline in the number of theory evaluation articles was noted and there have been few updates on theory evaluation in nursing.Discussion paper.A total of 58 articles published from 2003-2014 were retrieved through searches using the PUBMED, PsyInfo and CINAHL. The articles were sorted by the area of evaluation and analysed to identify themes reflecting the theory evaluation process.Diverse ways of theory evaluation need to be continuously used in future theory evaluation efforts.Six themes reflecting the theory evaluation process were identified: (a) rarely using existing theory evaluation criteria; (b) evaluating specifics; (c) using various statistical analysis methods; (d) developing instruments; (e) adopting in practice and education; and (f) evaluating mainly middle-range theories and situation-specific theories.

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Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O

Published Date

  • October 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 2268 - 2278

PubMed ID

  • 26016592

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26016592

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2648

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0309-2402

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jan.12698


  • eng