Beyond knowledge deficit to a proposal for information-seeking behaviors
NLM Title Abbreviation
TOPIC: Nursing assessment of knowledge of informational needs. PURPOSE: To present of a brief evolutionary analysis of knowledge deficit in terms of its significance, application, and use, and to present a proposal diagnosis, "information-seeking behaviors." SOURCES: Literature review of knowledge deficit and "information-seeking behaviors." CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge deficit is a nursing diagnosis that is significant for identifying a patient's need for education or knowledge. Its application has revealed limitations to validity and subsequent use. "Information-seeking behaviors" is proposed as an alternative diagnosis. Antecedents and defining characteristics are presented and areas for future research proposed.
Humans, Nursing Diagnosis/standards, Nursing Evaluation Research, Nursing Theory, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/psychology, Patient Education as Topic, Psychological Theory, Reproducibility of Results, Research Design
Published Article/Book Citation
Nursing diagnosis, 9:4 (1998) pp.129-135.