ArticleUnitary Appreciative Inquiry Evolution and RefinementCowling, W. Richard III PhD, RN, APRN-BC, AHN-BC; Repede, Elizabeth PhD, RN, FNP-BCAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Dr Cowling); and School of Nursing, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina (Dr Repede). Corresponding Author: W. Richard Cowling III, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, AHN-BC, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402 ([email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: January 2010 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 64-77 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181ce6bdd Buy Metrics Abstract Unitary appreciative inquiry (UAI), developed over the past 20 years, provides an orientation and process for uncovering human wholeness and discovering life patterning in individuals and groups. Refinements and a description of studies using UAI are presented. Assumptions and conceptual underpinnings of the method distinguishing its contributions from other methods are reported. Data generation strategies that capture human wholeness and elucidate life patterning are proposed. Data synopsis as an alternative to analysis is clarified and explicated. Standards that suggest enhancing the legitimacy of knowledge and credibility of research are specified. Potential expansions of UAI offer possibilities for extending epistemologies, aesthetic integration, and theory development. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.