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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, multi-cultural testing studies, meta-analyses techniques, and protocol development.

  1. Moral emotions are a key element of our human morals. Emotions play an important role in the caring process. Decision-making and assessment in emergency situations are complex and they frequently result in dif...

    Authors: María F. Jiménez-Herrera, Mireia Llauradó-Serra, Sagrario Acebedo-Urdiales, Leticia Bazo-Hernández, Isabel Font-Jiménez and Christer Axelsson

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2020 19:60

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Intensive and critical-care nurses are the key to successful donor management in the critical-care setting. No studies measuring attitudes toward organ donor advocacy existed before 2011, when the 51-item Swed...

    Authors: Anne Flodén, Maria Stadtler, Stephanie E. Jones Collazo, Tom Mone, Rick Ash and Bengt Fridlund

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2020 19:55

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Practice facilitation is a method of introducing and sustaining organizational change. It involves the use of skilled healthcare professionals called practice facilitators (PFs) to help address the challenges ...

    Authors: Lindsay Shade, Kelly Reeves, Jennifer Rees, Lori Hendrickson, Jacqueline Halladay, Rowena J. Dolor, Paul Bray and Hazel Tapp

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2020 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC) is widely utilized in multiple languages across the world. Despite culture and language variations, research studies from Latin America use the Spanish la...

    Authors: Patrick A. Palmieri, Juan M. Leyva-Moral, Doriam E. Camacho-Rodriguez, Nina Granel-Gimenez, Eric W. Ford, Kathleen M. Mathieson and Joan S. Leafman

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2020 19:23

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The increase in the ageing population and the consequent establishment of a network of adequate structures to respond effectively to the welfare needs of institutionalized elderly people have stimulated the di...

    Authors: Stefano Finotto, Giorgia Bertolini, Riccarda Camellini, Rita Fantelli, Debora Formisano, Maria Grazia Macchioni and Daniela Mecugni

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2020 19:7

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Worldwide, hypertension affects approximately 25% of the adult population and diabetes about 8.5%. Lack of adherence to prescribed treatment regimen remains a problem among patients undergoing long-term treatm...

    Authors: Sandra Lucrecia Romero Guevara, Dora Inés Parra and Lyda Z. Rojas

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:22

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Intensive care nurse wellbeing is essential to a healthy healthcare workforce. Enhanced wellbeing has widespread benefits for workers. Bibliometrics enables quantitative analysis of bourgeoning online data. He...

    Authors: Rebecca J. Jarden, Ajit Narayanan, Margaret Sandham, Richard J. Siegert and Jane Koziol-McLain

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:21

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Implementation of reflective practice groups in psychiatric and mental health contexts might improve the quality of care through promoting self-awareness, clinical insight, and facilitating stress management a...

    Authors: S. Gabrielsson, Å. Engström and S. Gustafsson

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:2

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Given the great symptom burden associated with chemotherapy on the one hand and generally poor self-management of symptoms by cancer patients on the other hand, our aim was to develop a nursing intervention to...

    Authors: Annemarie Coolbrandt, Hans Wildiers, Bert Aertgeerts, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Theo van Achterberg and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:28

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Growth monitoring and promotion (GMP) programmes promote not only child health but serve as a service delivery strategy to enhance coverage for other crucial nutrition-specific interventions. This study compar...

    Authors: Faith Agbozo, Esi Colecraft, Albrecht Jahn and Timothy Guetterman

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:25

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Delirium is one of the most common complications among elderly hospitalized patients, postoperative patients and patients on intensive care units with a prevalence between 11 and 80%. Delirium is associated wi...

    Authors: Daniel Hägi-Pedersen, Kasper Højgaard Thybo, Trine Hedegaard Holgersen, Joen Juel Jensen, Jean-David Gaudreau and Finn Michael Radtke

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:75

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Increasingly healthcare policies emphasise the importance of person-centred, empathic care. Consequently, healthcare professionals are expected to demonstrate the ‘human’ aspects of care in training and in pra...

    Authors: Annemieke P. Bikker, Bridie Fitzpatrick, Douglas Murphy, Lorraine Forster and Stewart W. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:71

    Content type: Research article

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  13. People living with dementia in nursing homes are most likely to be restrained. The primary aim of this mixed-method education intervention study was to investigate which factors hindered or facilitated staff a...

    Authors: Frode F. Jacobsen, Tone Elin Mekki, Oddvar Førland, Bjarte Folkestad, Øyvind Kirkevold, Randi Skår, Eva Marie Tveit and Christine Øye

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:55

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Improving health, patient and system outcomes through a practice-based research agenda requires infrastructural supports, leadership and capacity building approaches, at both the individual and organisational ...

    Authors: Vicki Parker, Gena Lieschke and Michelle Giles

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:52

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Gynecological pre-cancer and gynecological cancers are considerable diseases in women throughout the world. The disease and treatment lead to numerous biopsychosocial issues. To improve the outcomes of affecte...

    Authors: Silvia Raphaelis, Andrea Kobleder, Hanna Mayer and Beate Senn

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:43

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:28

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:21

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:9

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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...

    Authors: Satu Poikajärvi, Sanna Salanterä, Jouko Katajisto and Kristiina Junttila

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:7

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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 ...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:58

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:55

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:34

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:31

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:19

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:13

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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)....

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:8

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. 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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:57

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. The University of New England (UNE), Australia decided to develop innovative placement opportunities for its increasing numbers of nursing students. Extensive community and stakeholder consultation determined ...

    Authors: Cynthia M. Stuhlmiller and Barry Tolchard

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:32

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Building capacity in a changing health care system is a challenge for advanced nursing education programs. Master-level nursing education is increasingly becoming the required education level for specialist nu...

    Authors: Marit Graue, Bodil Rasmussen, Anne S. Iversen and Trisha Dunning

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:30

    Content type: Research article

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  30. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:29

    Content type: Research article

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  31. The ‘spillover effect’ of academic-practice partnerships on hospital nursing staff has received limited attention. In 2007, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the VA Nursing Academy (VANA) to fund...

    Authors: Marjorie L. Pearson, Tamar Wyte-Lake, Candice Bowman, Jack Needleman and Aram Dobalian

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:28

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Professional nursing practice is informed by biological, social and behavioural sciences. In undergraduate pre-registration nursing programs, biological sciences typically include anatomy, physiology, microbio...

    Authors: Melanie Birks, Nicholas Ralph, Robyn Cant, Elspeth Hillman and Ylona Chun Tie

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:24

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The philosophy of midwifery education is based on the ‘Women-centred care’ model, which provides holistic care to women. Continuity of care (CoC) is integral to the concept of holistic women-centred care and f...

    Authors: Yanti Yanti, Mora Claramita, Ova Emilia and Mohammad Hakimi

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:22

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is a serious and emerging issue in Saudi Arabia and the world. A response was required to reduce possible disease transmission between the hospital and unive...

    Authors: Bridget V Stirling, Jennie Harmston and Hana Alsobayel

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:20

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Nursing is an emotionally demanding profession and deficiencies in nurses’ mental wellbeing, characterised by low vitality and common mental disorders, have been linked to low productivity, absenteeism and pre...

    Authors: Lin Perry, Scott Lamont, Scott Brunero, Robyn Gallagher and Christine Duffield

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:15

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The rising rate of workplace violence in health care facilities has become a major problem for health care providers including nurses. However, evidences are lacking in Ethiopia particularly in the study area....

    Authors: Mathewos Fute, Zelalem Birhanu Mengesha, Negash Wakgari and Gizachew Assefa Tessema

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2015 14:9

    Content type: Research article

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