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Type: Journal article
Title: Defining the fundamentals of care
Author: Kitson, A.
Conroy, T.
Wengstrom, Y.
Profetto-McGrath, J.
Robertson-Malt, S.
Citation: International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2010; 16(4):423-434
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1322-7114
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Alison Kitson, Tiffany Conroy, Yvonne Wengstrom, Joanne Profetto-McGrath and Suzi Robertson-Malt
Abstract: A three-stage process is being undertaken to investigate the fundamentals of care. Stage One (reported here) involves the use of a met a-narrative review methodology to undertake a thematic analysis, categorization and synthesis of selected contents extracted from seminal texts relating to nursing practice. Stage Two will involve a search for evidence to inform the fundamentals of care and a refinement of the review method. Stage Three will extend the reviews of the elements defined as fundamentals of care. This introductory paper covers the following aspects: the conceptual basis upon which nursing care is delivered; how the fundamentals of care have been defined in the literature and in practice; an argument that physiological aspects of care, self-care elements and aspects of the environment of care are central to the conceptual refinement of the term fundamentals of care; and that efforts to systematize such information will enhance overall care delivery through improvements in patient safety and quality initiatives in health systems.
Keywords: evidence-based practice
fundamentals of care
meta-narrative review
nursing practice
Rights: © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01861.x
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