Nursing Research Methods

Section edited by Anto De Pol

This section concerns all aspects of nursing research addressing methodological issues or techniques that are of concern to nurses conducting quantitative, qualitative or mixed research studies. Topics include, but are not limited to: ethics, subject recruitment/ retention issues, sampling, development and testing of psychometric tools, mutli-cultural testing studies, meta-analyses techniques, and protocol development.

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  1. Research article

    The use of life stories and its influence on persons with dementia, their relatives and staff – a systematic mixed studies review

    Dementia is an important predictor of nursing home admissions. Due to progressive dementia symptoms, over time it becomes difficult for persons with dementia to communicate their wishes and participate in deci...

    Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Mona Persenius, Carina Bååth and Ann Karin Helgesen

    BMC Nursing 2017 16:28

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Describing the implementation of an innovative intervention and evaluating its effectiveness in increasing research capacity of advanced clinical nurses: using the consolidated framework for implementation research

    Despite advanced nursing roles having a research competency, participation in research is low. There are many barriers to participation in research and few interventions have been developed to address these. T...

    Gabrielle McKee, Margaret Codd, Orla Dempsey, Paul Gallagher and Catherine Comiskey

    BMC Nursing 2017 16:21

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Can a person-centred-care intervention improve health-related quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer? A randomized, controlled study

    The incidence of head and neck cancer is increasing slightly. Head and neck cancer but also it’s necessary and often successful treatment may affect general domains of health-related quality of life and provok...

    Elisabeth Hansson, Eric Carlström, Lars-Eric Olsson, Jan Nyman and Ingalill Koinberg

    BMC Nursing 2017 16:9

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Validation of Finnish Neecham Confusion Scale and Nursing Delirium Screening Scale using Confusion Assessment Method algorithm as a comparison scale

    Delirium is a common clinical problem with acute and fluctuating onset. Early notification of its symptoms can lead to earlier detection and management of this state. Valid and reliable instruments are require...

    Satu Poikajärvi, Sanna Salanterä, Jouko Katajisto and Kristiina Junttila

    BMC Nursing 2017 16:7

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Pilot testing a model of psychological care for heart transplant recipients

    Anxiety and depression are common after heart transplantation. This study aimed to pilot test the feasibility of a clinical model of psychological care for heart transplant recipients. The model of care involv...

    Aaron Conway, Judith Sheridan, Joanne Maddicks-Law and Paul Fulbrook

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:62

    Published on: 26 October 2016

  6. Study protocol

    ECAMulticapa: Effectiveness of double-layered compression therapy for healing venous ulcers in primary care: a Study Protocol

    Chronic venous insufficiency, in its final stage can cause venous ulcers. Venous ulcers have a prevalence of 0.5 % to 0.8 % in the general population, and increases starting at 60 years of age. This condition ...

    Carmen Folguera-Álvarez, Sofia Garrido-Elustondo, José Verdú-Soriano, Diana García-García-Alcalá, Mónica Sánchez-Hernández, Oscar German Torres-de Castro, Maria Luisa Barceló-Fidalgo, Olga Martínez-González, Lidia Ardiaca-Burgués, Carmen Solano-Villarrubia, Pilar Raquel Lebracón-Cortés, Carmen Molins-Santos, Mar Fresno-Flores, Maria Carmen Cánovas-Lago, Luisa Fernanda Benito-Herranz, Maria Teresa García-Sánchez…

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:58

    Published on: 12 October 2016

  7. Research article

    Motivational interviewing competencies among UK family nurse partnership nurses: a process evaluation component of the building blocks trial

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred counselling approach to behaviour change which is increasingly being used in public health settings, either as a stand-alone approach or in combination with o...

    Sue Channon, Marie-Jet Bekkers, Julia Sanders, Rebecca Cannings-John, Laura Robertson, Kristina Bennert, Christopher Butler, Kerenza Hood and Michael Robling

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:55

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  8. Research article

    Development and preliminary evaluation of the validity and reliability of a revised illness perception questionnaire for healthcare professionals

    Diverging perceptions between individual patients with somatic diseases and their healthcare professionals might cause problems in communication and decision-making. To date, no measurement tool is available t...

    Seher Arat, Anke Van den Zegel, Maity Van Rillaer, Philip Moons, Joris Vandenberghe, Ellen De Langhe and René Westhovens

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:34

    Published on: 1 June 2016

  9. Research article

    How to report professional practice in nursing? A scoping review

    Nursing professional practice in different contexts of care has been widely described in evidence-based literature. Currently, there is no consensus on a common structure for these descriptions. Understanding ...

    Marie-Eve Poitras, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Martin Fortin and Frances Gallagher

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:31

    Published on: 25 May 2016

  10. Research article

    Nursing intervention versus usual care to improve delirium among home-dwelling older adults receiving homecare after hospitalization: feasibility and acceptability of a Randomized Controlled Trail

    Delirium is an acute cognitive impairment among older hospitalized patients. It can persist until discharge and for months after that. Despite proof that evidence-based nursing interventions are effective in p...

    Henk Verloo, Céline Goulet, Diane Morin and Armin von Gunten

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:19

    Published on: 14 March 2016

  11. Research article

    Assessing time use in long-term institutional care: development, validity and inter-rater reliability of the Groningen Observational instrument for Long-Term Institutional Care (GO-LTIC)

    Limited research has examined what is actually done in the process of care by nursing staff in long-term institutional care. The applied instruments employed different terminologies, and psychometric propertie...

    Astrid Tuinman, Mathieu de Greef, Roos Nieweg, Wolter Paans and Petrie Roodbol

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:13

    Published on: 29 February 2016

  12. Study protocol

    Health-related quality of life and nursing-sensitive outcomes in mechanically ventilated patients in an Intensive Care Unit: a study protocol

    Mechanical ventilation (MV) is one of the most utilised techniques in the intensive care unit (ICU), but it can cause sequelae that can negatively influence the patient’s health-related quality of life (HRQL)....

    Alba Riera, Elisabet Gallart, Araceli Vicálvaro, Montserrat Lolo, Anabel Solsona, Anna Mont, Jordi Gómez, David Téllez and Carmen Fuentelsaz-Gallego

    BMC Nursing 2016 15:8

    Published on: 5 February 2016

  13. Study protocol

    Examining the influence of treatment preferences on attrition, adherence and outcomes: a protocol for a two-stage partially randomized trial

    Empirical evidence pertaining to the influence of treatment preferences on attrition, adherence and outcomes in intervention evaluation trials is inconsistent. The inconsistency can be explained by the method ...

    Souraya Sidani, Mary Fox, David L. Streiner, Joyal Miranda, Suzanne Fredericks and Dana R. Epstein

    BMC Nursing 2015 14:57

    Published on: 9 November 2015

  14. Research article

    Motivations of nursing students regarding their educational preparation for mental health nursing in Australia and the United Kingdom: a survey evaluation

    There has been much debate by both academics and clinical agencies about the motivations and abilities of nurse graduates to work in mental health nursing. The aim of this study was to recruit student nurses f...

    Karen-leigh Edward, Philip Warelow, Stephen Hemingway, Gylo Hercelinskyj, Anthony Welch, Sue McAndrew and John Stephenson

    BMC Nursing 2015 14:29

    Published on: 10 May 2015

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