This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.

Research: The Link between Rural Theory and Evidence-Based Practice

Research: The link between rural theory and evidence-based practice

Key Terms

  • Program evaluation
  • Formative evaluation
  • Summative evaluation
  • Research process
    • Implementation
    • Dissemination
    • Utilization
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative studies
  • Quantitative studies
  • Integrative literature review
  • Continuous quality improvement (CQI)
  • Triangulated data


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Examine the need for research in developing a theory that can lead to evidence-based nursing practice in rural environments.
  • Discuss methodologic adaptations that should be considered when developing and implementing nursing studies having a rural focus.
  • Analyze the role of program evaluation, quality assessment, and client satisfaction in expanding the theoretical basis for rural nursing practice.
  • Propose nursing research questions to study health conditions of rural clients across the life span and ...
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