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A Methodology for Critical Science in Nursing

Fontana, Joyce S. MSN


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.

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.