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Perception: A Concept Analysis
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2012
© 2011, The Author. International Journal of Nursing Knowledge © 2011, NANDA International
International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 2–9, February 2012
How to Cite
McDonald, S. M. (2012), Perception: A Concept Analysis. Int Jnl Nurs Knowledge, 23: 2–9. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-3095.2011.01198.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 6 FEB 2012
- Concept analysis;
- nurse and perception;
PURPOSE: Concept analysis methodology by Walker and Avant (2005) was used to define, describe, and delimit the concept of perception.
DATA SOURCE: Nursing literature in the Medline database was searched for definitions of “perception.”
DATA SYNTHESIS: Definitions, uses, and defining attributes of perception were identified; model and contrary cases were developed; and antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents were determined.
CONCLUSIONS: An operational definition for the concept was developed.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses need to be cognizant of how perceptual differences impact the delivery of nursing care. In research, a mixed methodology approach may yield a richer description of the phenomenon and provide useful information for clinical practice.