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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181fd02e1
Leadership DIMENSION

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

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Abstract

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.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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