Concept mapping: a tool for improving patient care
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Concept mapping: a tool for improving patient care

Suzanne Aberdeen Lecturer in nursing, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

This article reviews the use of concept mapping as a person-centred problem-solving aid to assessment, risk management, care evaluation and care planning for nurses. Concept maps are diagrams that are used to organise, represent and create knowledge, and provide a useful framework for critical analysis and problem solving. Concept mapping is discussed and demonstrated in relation to improving the quality of care for patients and as a tool for clinical leadership and teamwork. The benefits of concept mapping for patients’ wellbeing and safety, staff satisfaction and team learning are evidenced.

Nursing Standard. 29, 48, 49-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.48.49.e9903


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Received: 12 January 2015

Accepted: 01 May 2015