This paper is based on the proceedings of the National Conference on Nursing Research held at Edmonton, Canada, November 1975.
Physical indicators in clinical nursing research or Why do I need to know what?*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 227–238, May 1977
How to Cite
Abbey, J. C. (1977), Physical indicators in clinical nursing research or Why do I need to know what?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2: 227–238. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1977.tb00444.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 23 September 1976
After reviewing a number of research methods in nursing a case was made for the use of sensors, such as electrodes, thermisters, thermometers, designed to note or sense change in physical indicators or measurable signs and symptoms. These sensors, it is argued, afford clinical nursing research appropriate measurement and recording tools for any type of study. It is conceded that physical indicators used in research must be subjected to some form of consensual validation and calibration and advice is provided. The author concludes that even the experimental studies are largely descriptive but contends that the instruments of today forecast a miniscule view of tomorrow's possibilities for improving the quality of patient care and adding to the ‘science of practice’.