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Exploring understanding of the term nursing assessment: a mixed method review of the literature

Beckwith, Sue, Dickinson, Angela, Kendall, Sally (2010) Exploring understanding of the term nursing assessment: a mixed method review of the literature. World Views on Evidence Based Nursing, 7 (2). pp. 98-110. ISSN 1545-102X. E-ISSN 1741-6787. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55241)

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Abstract

Background: Much skilled nursing practice is described by words that at face value appear low-tech and self-explanatory. Despite being intrinsic to practice, the term “nursing assessment” has few operational definitions. Evidence-based practice and the quality agenda makes it imperative that this term is well understood.

Design: The review process, synthesised from the work of Greenhalgh et al. (2005), Clancy (2002),Egger et al. (2001), identified and assessed the quality of articles, text books, the grey literature, policy documents and databases. Glaser’s Grounded Theory (GT) method was utilised to analyse the concept of“assessment” as exemplified within the included studies.

Results: Of the 32,602 instances initially identified, 329 articles, policy documents and book extracts were closely read and after further screening, 120 articles and 12 policy documents and book extracts were analysed. Seven overlapping categories were identified, with “judicial” or “judgement making” identified as the core category.Conclusions: Hierarchies of nursing practice, government policies and inter-professional agendas cause barriers to meaningful assessment. Informal and formal assessments and screening processes are often conflated, resulting in confusion regarding the scope and nature of the process. Differences between the rhetoric of placing the patient at the heart of the assessment process and practice have been identified.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: judicial, Grounded Theory, nursing assessment, mixed-method review
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Sally Kendall
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 03:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55241 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kendall, Sally: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2507-0350
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