We have added a new feature to the ANS web site … Editor’s Picks from the current issue. The Editor’s Picks will change every couple of weeks, and while an article is featured, it will be available for a free download! Each week I will post information on this blog about one of the articles on the current “Editor’s Picks” list, giving some background and information about the article that I believe makes the article important for our readers.
Barbara Reigel (University of Pennsylvania), with her colleagues from Sweden Tiny Jaarsma and Anna Strömberg (Linköping University) are the authors of one of our first features, titled “A Middle-Range Theory of Self-Care of Chronic Illness.” The theory was developed from self-care studies that the authors have conducted in several countries around the world; the article cites the studies so that you can trace the specific evidence on which the theory is based.
The authors address a central concern of nursing practice – the nature of the relationship between a nurse and a patient. They explain the connection between that relationship and self-care of chronic illness as follows: “When providers interact with patients their intention is that the partnership they form will motivate patients to engage in self-care that can be incorporated into their lifestyle. It is within this context of a mutually rewarding relationship that the self-care of chronic illness takes place.”
This theory was developed from sound research evidence, and in turn it provides an important resource to guide nursing practice. It is based on deep analysis and clarification of some of the most persistent challenges that nurses face in building relationships with people living with chronic illness. This article is an exemplar of one approach to the development of nursing theory that serves to guide nursing practice.