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A conceptual treadmill: the need for ‘middle ground’ in clinical decision making theory in nursing

Thompson, C. (1999) A conceptual treadmill: the need for ‘middle ground’ in clinical decision making theory in nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. pp. 1222-1229. ISSN 0309-2402

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This paper explores the two predominant theoretical approaches to the process of nurse decision making prevalent within the nursing research literature: systematic-positivistic approaches as exemplifed by information processing theory, and the intuitive-humanistic approach of Patricia Benner. The two approaches' strengths and weaknesses are explored and as a result a third theoretical stance is proffered: the idea of a cognitive continuum. According to this approach the systematic and intuitive theoretical camps occupy polar positions at either end of a continuum as opposed to separate theoretical planes. The methodological and professional benefits of adopting such a stance are also briefly outlined.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: 'This is an electronic version of an Article published in Journal of Advanced Nursing, November 1999, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1222-1229’. © 1999 Blackwell Science Ltd
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2016 00:09
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/46

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