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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-53

Conceptual models and theories: Developing a research framework


1 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vettore, India
2 Professor, Colleve of Nursing, CMC, Vettore, India
3 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Conceptual models and theories provide structure for research. Research without a theoretical base provides isolated information which may not be used or applied effectively. The challenge for nurse researchers is to identify a model or theory that would a best fit for their area of study interest. In this research series article the authors unravel the simple steps that can be followed in identifying, choosing, and applying the constructs and concepts in the models or theories to develop a research framework. A research framework guides the researcher in developing research questions, refining their hypotheses, selecting interventions, defining and measuring variables. Roy’s adaptation model and a study intending to assess the effectiveness of grief counseling on adaptation to spousal loss are used as an example in this article to depict the theory- research congruence.


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