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Theory and research: a linkage to benefit practice

McKenna, Hugh (1997) Theory and research: a linkage to benefit practice. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING STUDIES, 34 (6). pp. 431-437. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7489(97)00037-0


This paper begins with a critical overview of what the extant literature sees as the relationship between research, theory and practice. Most scholars maintain that there are two main viewpoints: research exists to build theory from practice and/or research exists to test existing theory in practice. It will be argued that is too simplistic a view and four specific linkages will be proffered: Theory Testing Research, Theory Generating Research, Theory Evaluating Research and Theory Framed Research. All four will be discussed and their contribution to the knowledge base of nursing practice explored. In concluding, an argument will be put forward proposing the view that undertaking research without considering theory is an empty and non-productive exercise. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:19556
Deposited By: Yvonne Dunwoody (Admin)
Deposited On:11 Aug 2011 14:01
Last Modified:11 Aug 2011 14:01

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