Health Diaries in Nursing Research and Practice


University of Wyoming, School of Nursing, P.O. Box 3065, Laramie, WY 82071-3065. Accepted for publication June 13,1994.


Health diaries have been used in research and clinical practice to examine the daily symptoms of healthy and ill people, responses to symptoms, and efficacy of symptom response. This article describes current uses of health diaries in nursing research and practice, the types of typical health diaries, factors affecting the quality of diary data, and the costs and analytic issues related to health diaries. The implications of health diaries for nursing education, practice, and research are considered.