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Cognitive continuum theory in Nursing Decision-Making


Cader, R and Campbell, SJ and Watson, D, Cognitive continuum theory in Nursing Decision-Making, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49, (4) pp. 397-405. ISSN 1365-2648 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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copyright 2005 Blackwell

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2004.03303.x


Aim. The purpose of this paper is to analyse and evaluate Cognitive Continuum Theory and to provide evidence for its relevance to nurses' decision-making. Background. It is critical that theories used in nursing are evaluated to provide an understanding of their aims, concepts and usefulness. With the advent of evidence-based care, theories on decision-making have acquired increased significance. Method. The criteria identified by Fawcett's framework has been used to analyse and evaluate Hammond's Cognitive Continuum Theory. Findings. There is empirical evidence to support many of the concepts and propositions of Cognitive Continuum Theory. The theory has been applied to the decision-making process of many professionals, including medical practitioners and nurses. Existing evidence suggests that Cognitive Continuum Theory can provide the framework to explain decision-making in nursing. Conclusion. Cognitive Continuum Theory has the potential to make major contributions towards understanding the decision-making process of nurses in the clinical environment. Knowledge of the theory in nursing practice has become crucial. © 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Campbell, SJ (Professor Steven Campbell)
ID Code:84031
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-04-12
Last Modified:2013-12-11

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