Mary B. Johnson, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and teaches in the undergraduate program of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium, St. Paul.
The holistic paradigm in nursing: The diffusion of an innovation
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 129–139, April 1990
How to Cite
Johnson, M. B. (1990), The holistic paradigm in nursing: The diffusion of an innovation. Res. Nurs. Health, 13: 129–139. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770130209
- Issue published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 29 AUG 1989
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 AUG 1989
- Manuscript Received: 23 FEB 1989
Nursing today is affected by challenges to the beliefs and values underlying the delivery of health care services. Results of a bibliometric analysis of the nursing literature since 1966 revealed a process of paradigm change in which a scientific medical model is being replaced by a model based on the concept of holism. Key ideas representing a holistic paradigm of health appear with increasing frequency in the journals of the nursing field demonstrating the diffusion of a new and different perspective in the practice of nursing.