This ambitious and long-awaited volume brings together foremost nursing scholars and educators to review and critique the state of nursing research across topics most relevant to current practice. Comprehensive in scope, cogent and truly thought provoking, a book such as the Handbook for Clinical Nursing Research is a must-have shelf reference for every nurse carrying out research or aspiring to conduct research and for those who teach them.
Part IIA: Critical Health Needs of Communities and Vulnerable Populations: Clinical Nursing Research for Vulnerable Populations
Vulnerable populations are those at high relative risk for physical, psychological or social problems and/or those with decreased access to health services based on their economic, ethnic, geographic, or social circumstances. In 1994, Hall, Stevens, and Meléis contended that the “future of nursing depends on the ability of the discipline to reach out to diverse communities and to meet the health needs of those most vulnerable” (p. 23). As we approach the new millenium, their statement is an even stronger imperative. Yet, there are tensions within the discipline of nursing that deter us from adequately addressing the needs ...