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The concept of theme as used in qualitative nursing research.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10804897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of theme is critical to the accurate interpretation of qualitative data. A literature review of qualitative research methodology and nursing research studies reveals considerable diversity in the identification of themes, the interpretation of the concept, and its function in data analysis. Part of the problem is the transfer of research methods from other disciplines to the study of nursing phenomena. The transfer often results in a blending of distinct research methods that compromises methodological rigor in data analysis and theory generation. A definition of theme is developed from the literature review and interdisciplinary definitions and descriptions. Five aspects of a theme and criteria foundational to the definition and concept of theme are identified. Implications of the concept of theme are presented for the conduct and application of research findings to the practice and development of nursing science.
L DeSantis; D N Ugarriza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Western journal of nursing research     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0193-9459     ISO Abbreviation:  West J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-08     Completed Date:  2000-06-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905435     Medline TA:  West J Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  351-72     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, University of Miami, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Data Interpretation, Statistical*
Models, Nursing*
Nursing Methodology Research / methods*
Nursing Theory*
Patient Care Team
Philosophy, Nursing*
Research Design*
Terminology as Topic

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