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Some remarks on the relevance of basic research in nursing inquiry
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
2005 (English)In: Nursing Philosophy, ISSN 1466-7681, Vol. 6, no 1, 43-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article was to illuminate the issue of basic research in nursing and to problematize its relevance for our discipline. First, we asked leading nursing scholars in the Nordic countries to share their views on basic research in nursing. Thereafter, the ideas, views and suggestions of the scholars were amalgamated with insights from the literature and from the discussions in our project team. Our two guiding questions were: What role can basic research be assigned? Which, if any, forms of basic research can be identified? We found that basic nursing research may be seen as a necessary basis for applied research, as a contribution to applied research, or that the whole issue is seen as a pseudo-issue. We further found that basic nursing research can be seen as either contextual or general as well as either intradisciplinary or multidisciplinary in form. We conclude by the following three succinct remarks or assertions: that basic nursing research is not to be equated with biomedical conceptions of basic research; that basic nursing research may take place on several theoretical levels; and finally, that an indiscriminate dismissal of basic research in nursing may affect the cognitive autonomy of our discipline.

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2005. Vol. 6, no 1, 43-50 p.
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applied research; basic research; discipline; nursing inquiry; nursing research
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3884DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2004.00197.xLocal ID: 4207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3884DiVA: diva2:28916
Available from: 2008-11-19 Created: 2008-11-19Bibliographically approved

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