Development of situation-specific theories: an integrative approach.


Journal Article (Review)

One type of "ready-to-wear" theories that can bring about better nursing care outcomes regardless of their philosophical bases is situation-specific theories proposed by Im and Meleis in 1999. In this paper, some propositions for an integrative approach to the development of situation-specific theories are made. First, situation-specific theories are described as practice theories while they are compared with middle-range theories. Then the integrative approach is detailed, which includes (a) checking assumptions for theory development; (b) exploring through multiple sources; (c) theorizing; and (d) reporting, sharing, and validating. Finally, the paper concludes with suggestions for further development of the integrative approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 137 - 151

PubMed ID

  • 15920360

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15920360

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-5014

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-9268

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00012272-200504000-00006


  • eng