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Nursing: Theories & Frameworks

Using a Framework

Most scholarly nursing literature is grounded in one or more existing theories, or ways of explaining a phenomena or interaction. This is often done using a theoretical framework (sometimes called a conceptual framework). Such a framework helps to situate your topic, the concepts, theories or models involved, and your own ideas, into the existing knowledge (see tutorial: Difference Between Concepts, Models, and Theories) of that topic. Some of your research assignments will task you with locating theories and using a framework to help "frame" what you write. Below are materials that can help you with that process.