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Situation-Specific Theories From the Middle-Range Transitions Theory

Im, Eun-Ok, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000014
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The purpose of this article was to analyze the theory development process of the situation-specific theories that were derived from the middle-range transitions theory. This analysis aims to provide directions for future development of situation-specific theories. First, transitions theory is concisely described with its history, goal, and major concepts. Then, the approach that was used to retrieve the situation-specific theories derived from transitions theory is described. Next, an analysis of 6 situation-specific theories is presented. Finally, 4 themes reflecting commonalities and variances in the theory development process are discussed with implications for future theoretical development.

School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Correspondence: Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 418 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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