Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Nurse Practitioner Research


  • Donna Diers,

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    1. Ms. Donna Diers is professor and dean of the School of Nursing, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
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  • Susan Molde

    1. Ms. Susan Molde is assistant professor and senior nurse practitioner at Yale University School of Nursing and Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut.
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Selected literature was reviewed to identify conceptual and methodological issues in research on nurse practitioner practice. Conceptual issues include definitions of the independent and dependent variables. Methodological issues discussed include samples, comparison groups, sources of data, quasi-experimental design, standards of care, and cost analysis. Implications for increasing the meaningfulness and rigor of research in primary care are presented.