This research project was undertaken as part of the ENB course No. 995 ‘An Introduction to the Understanding and Application of Research’ directed by Dr P.J. Hawthorn, Nursing Studies Unit, University of Nottingham Medical School.
Nursing patients — an enjoyable task?*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 10, Issue 5, pages 429–434, September 1985
How to Cite
Marshall, P. D. (1985), Nursing patients — an enjoyable task?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 10: 429–434. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1985.tb00530.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 12 February 1985
The paper describes a small study, in which the issue of patient popularity is re-examined. A sample of 35 psychiatric in-patients was used. The factors demonstrated by previous authors as affecting patient popularity are reconsidered in the light of theoretical, methodological, empirical and epistemological criticisms of previous research work in this area. The issues of consistency of patient popularity, both over time and between nurse raters, are also examined.