Making sense of concept analysis
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Making sense of concept analysis

Catherine Delves-Yates Lecturer, School of Nursing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Andrea Stockl Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Jenny Moore Senior lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Background Concept analysis is frequently the first step novice nurse researchers take when beginning their work. However, the value of concept analysis in generating theory is debated, and although there are many models researchers can use, few provide guidance for applying them or overviews of their philosophical underpinnings.

Aim To share learning about challenges encountered when undertaking concept analysis and to present an adaptation of Rodgers (1989) model created to overcome these.

Discussion The authors explore the philosophical underpinning of several models of concept analysis and present an adapted model based on the work of Rogers (1989) and Tofthagen and Fagerstrøm (2010).

Conclusion Concept analysis is a valuable tool when used with an understanding of a model’s philosophical underpinnings and sufficient measures are taken to assure analytical depth, rigour and transparency.

Implications for practice The experiences of a novice nurse researcher described in this paper will be helpful in informing others who are starting a study.

Nurse Researcher. 25, 4, 43-46. doi: 10.7748/nr.2018.e1503


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Received: 24 June 2016

Accepted: 19 May 2017