Intervention research in highly unstable environments

Kathleen C. Buckwalter, Margaret Grey, Barbara Bowers, Ann Marie McCarthy, Deborah Ann Gross, Marjorie Funk, Cornelia Beck

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This article highlights issues and presents strategies for conducting intervention research in highly unstable environments such as schools, critical care units, and long-term care facilities. The authors draw on their own experiences to discuss the challenges that may be encountered in highly unstable settings. The concept of validity provides a framework for understanding the value of addressing the many methodological issues that can emerge in settings characterized by instability. We explain unstable environments by elaborating on knowable elements that contribute to instability. Strategies are provided for improving success of intervention research in unstable settings by carrying out an environmental assessment prior to beginning a study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-121
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

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Keywords

  • Intervention research
  • Research settings
  • Research strategies
  • Unstable environments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Buckwalter, K. C., Grey, M., Bowers, B., McCarthy, A. M., Gross, D. A., Funk, M., & Beck, C. (2009). Intervention research in highly unstable environments. Research in Nursing and Health, 32(1), 110-121. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20309

Intervention research in highly unstable environments. / Buckwalter, Kathleen C.; Grey, Margaret; Bowers, Barbara; McCarthy, Ann Marie; Gross, Deborah Ann; Funk, Marjorie; Beck, Cornelia.

In: Research in Nursing and Health, Vol. 32, No. 1, 02.2009, p. 110-121.

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Buckwalter, KC, Grey, M, Bowers, B, McCarthy, AM, Gross, DA, Funk, M & Beck, C 2009, 'Intervention research in highly unstable environments', Research in Nursing and Health, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 110-121. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20309
Buckwalter KC, Grey M, Bowers B, McCarthy AM, Gross DA, Funk M et al. Intervention research in highly unstable environments. Research in Nursing and Health. 2009 Feb;32(1):110-121. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20309
Buckwalter, Kathleen C. ; Grey, Margaret ; Bowers, Barbara ; McCarthy, Ann Marie ; Gross, Deborah Ann ; Funk, Marjorie ; Beck, Cornelia. / Intervention research in highly unstable environments. In: Research in Nursing and Health. 2009 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 110-121.
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