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The role of reflection in the development of practice theory: a case study

McKenna, H (1999) The role of reflection in the development of practice theory: a case study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 6 (2). pp. 147-151. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2850.1999.620147.x/abstract

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.1999.620147.x


Many authors view practice theory as the strongest form for an applied discipline like nursing. It is based upon the idea that theory emanates from practice, is strengthened and is returned to inform practice. The first part of this paper is concerned with identifying the contribution that practice theory can make to patient care. While there are many positivistic ways of generating practice theory, one method which is getting increasing attention is reflection. In this paper, Boud et al.'s framework for reflection is used to identify phenomena related to the empowerment of patients and staff in psychiatric hospitals (Boud et al. 1985). A real life case study is described and concepts and beginning propositions are uncovered. Conclusions are drawn which form the basis for theory development and testing.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:empowerment; long-stay care; powerlessness; practice theory; reflection; theory development
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:19682
Deposited By: Barbara Wilson (Admin)
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 11:11
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:11

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