SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • changing roles;
  • nursing contribution;
  • nursing sensitive outcomes;
  • patient outcome;
  • practitioner-centred research;
  • skill mix

•  A review of the evidence to define the nursing contribution to patient outcome is presented. The review relies on work related to nursing sensitive outcomes, skill mix and changing roles.

•  Methodological difficulties associated with these studies are highlighted.

•  Areas requiring further research are discussed.

•  It is suggested that experimental evidence is not always appropriate, when attempting to describe nursing activity. The authors advocate that new methodologies, in particular practitioner-centred research, are needed to unpack the nature of nursing.