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A Methodology for Critical Science in Nursing

Fontana, Joyce S. MSN

Advances in Nursing Science:

There is confusion surrounding critical science in nursing. Many studies which could be considered critical do not identify themselves as such. Reasons for this may be the lack of a clear definition of critical science in nursing or the failure of the discipline to identify the defining characteristics of a critical methodology. This article addresses the confusion by defining critical science in nursing in addition to presenting a critical methodology synthesizing 7 common processes seen in critical research.

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From the Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Conn, and the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

Corresponding author: Joyce S. Fontana, MSN, Saint Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117 (e-mail:

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.