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Stolt, M., Eloranta, S., Elo, S., Isola, A., & Suhonen, R. (2017). A scoping review of Finnish doctoral dissertations in older people nursing science. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 37(3), 151–163.

A scoping review of Finnish doctoral dissertations in older people nursing science

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Author: Stolt, Minna1,2; Eloranta, Sini1,3; Elo, Satu4;
Organizations: 1Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
2Turku University Hospital, Finland
3Turku University of Applied Sciences, Health and Wellbeing, Finland
4Nursing Science and Health Management Research Group, Medical Research Centre Oulu (MRC), Finland
5City of Turku, Welfare Division, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-08-26


Scientific research is important in guiding the development of evidence-based, cost-effective and comprehensive healthcare. The purpose of this scoping review was to analyse the current stage of research in the field of older people nursing science based on doctoral dissertations completed in Finnish universities. Altogether 418 doctoral dissertations in nursing science were published (1990–2015), and 44 of these (11%) represented older people nursing. The majority of the dissertations focused on patient and family or nursing activities. Usual topics were care procedures and clinical nursing (36%); self-care ability, independence (23%) and existence, being and feeling as an individual person (18%). Only one randomised controlled trial was conducted. The main informants were older people (78%) who were typically interviewed or surveyed. Research in older people nursing science in Finland is focusing on traditional clinical nursing settings. More innovative research is necessary from the perspective of health promotion and technological solutions.

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Series: Nordic journal of nursing research
ISSN: 2057-1585
ISSN-E: 2057-1593
ISSN-L: 2057-1585
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Pages: 151 - 163
DOI: 10.1177/2057158517691919
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2017. Reprints and permissions: Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.