Intervention research in highly unstable environments
NLM Title Abbreviation
Res Nurs Health
Research in nursing & health
DOI of Published Version
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.
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
Research in nursing & health, 32:1 (2009) pp.110-121. DOI:10.1002/nur.20309.