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.

Normative Family Transitions and Health Outcomes

Normative Family Transitions and Health Outcomes

Normative family transitions and health outcomes

Historically, normative family transitions have been a focus of nursing practice in addition to care for individuals and families during times of illness. Normative transitions have health consequences that require nursing assessment and intervention at all levels of prevention—primary, secondary, and tertiary. Nurses intervene to promote optimal functioning at times of family transition, recognize and intervene if early signs of malfunctioning appear, and provide active support and referral in cases of severe dysfunction and deterioration.

In this chapter, the nursing research on normative family transitions and health outcomes is reviewed. ...

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