Title

Intervention research in highly unstable environments

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-1-2009

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Research in nursing & health

NLM Title Abbreviation

Res Nurs Health

PubMed ID

19035619

DOI

10.1002/nur.20309

Abstract

This article highlights issues and presents strategies for conducting intervention research in highly unstable environments such as schools, critical care units, and long-term care facilities. The authors draw on their own experiences to discuss the challenges that may be encountered in highly unstable settings. The concept of validity provides a framework for understanding the value of addressing the many methodological issues that can emerge in settings characterized by instability. We explain unstable environments by elaborating on knowable elements that contribute to instability. Strategies are provided for improving success of intervention research in unstable settings by carrying out an environmental assessment prior to beginning a study.

Keywords

Data Collection/methods, Humans, Intensive Care Units/statistics & numerical data, Intervention Studies, Nursing Homes/statistics & numerical data, Nursing Research/methods/statistics & numerical data, Personnel Turnover/statistics & numerical data, Reproducibility of Results, Research Design, Schools/statistics & numerical data

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Research in nursing & health, 32:1 (2009) pp.110-121. DOI:10.1002/nur.20309.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/443