Importance of using theoretical model for nursing research

With research being a process of inquiring into a given phenomenon and theory being developed from available knowledge on a subject, nursing science needs to associate these two to better its practice (George, 1990). Without a theoretical structure to base nursing research, the outcomes of research would be the accumulation of discreet information which cannot be compared to improve nursing practice (George, 1990). Presence of such theoretical structure however allows the formulation of relevant research questions, the development of appropriate designs to address the study questions and the analysis of results to improve the understanding of its contribution to the nursing practice (George, 1990). Such a role of theoretical structure in providing validity and applicability of nursing research reinforces the need for nursing research to be based on a specific theoretical underpinning.

 

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