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Exploring the Concept of Nurse-Physician Communication Within the Context of Health Care Outcomes Using the Evolutionary Method of Concept Analysis

Cypress, Brigitte S. EdD, RN, CCRN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: January-February 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 28-38
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181fd02e1
Leadership DIMENSION

Nurse-physician communication in nursing and medicine and its relationship to health care outcomes have been studied, but there is an absence of a concept analysis using the evolutionary method. This article (1) explores the meaning of nurse-physician communication within the context of health care outcomes using the process for concept analysis proposed by Rodgers; (2) aims to clarify the concept's definition, surrogate and related terms, attributes and antecedents; (3) provides a clearer understanding of what the consequences of the concept are; and (4) suggests an operational definition. A clearer conceptualization is needed to help provide knowledge for nurses, thus guiding their practice and also theory and research.

This article explores the meaning of nurse-physician communication within the context of health care outcomes using the process for concept analysis. The author also clarifies the concept's definition, surrogate and related terms, attributes and antecedents, and a better understanding of the consequences of the concepts.

Brigitte S. Cypress, EdD, RN, CCRN, is a tenure-track assistant professor of nursing at Lehman College City University of New York, Bronx. She teaches different courses in the baccalaureate and master's level at Lehman College including philosophy of science in the doctoral level at the Graduate Center City University of New York. Dr Cypress was a critical-care nurse for 18 years and serves as a reviewer of manuscripts for Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Brigitte S. Cypress, EdD, RN, CCRN, PO Box 2205, Pocono Summit, PA 18346 (brigitte.cypress@lehman.cuny.edu; bcypress@gc.cuny.edu).

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