Date of Award
Bachelor of Health Science Honours
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
Dr A McMurray
Health assessment is the responsibility of all nurses (McCain, 1965), however, it is frequently discussed without reference to any global definition and studied under a variety of conditions. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of clinical setting, year of assessment, nursing education and experience in nursing on the scope of nursing health assessment using meta-analysis techniques. Sixty five research journal articles were located of which 16 primary studies were selected and grouped for analysis. The result of this analysis indicates there is a significant difference in the scope of nursing health assessment in varied clinical settings (p<0.001). No significant difference was found in the scope of nursing health assessment and year of assessment. No conclusions were drawn concerning the influence of nursing education due to conflicting results. The influence of experience in nursing on the scope of nursing health assessment could not be examined due to inadequate descriptions of experience in the primary studies. Only tentative conclusions could be drawn from the study, however, the findings have implications for nursing practice, education, theory and research.
Jarvis, J. E. (1991). Nursing Health Assessment : A Meta-analysis. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/407