Relationship of nursing theories to nursing researches
RESEARCH – process of inquiry
THEORY – product of knowledge
Result of the relationship
between research & theory
Research without theory results in
discreet information or data which
does not add to the accumulated
knowledge of the discipline.
Theory guides the research process,
forms the research questions, aids in
design, analysis and interpretation.
It enables the scientist to weave the
The relationship is direct and positive
The choice of a research design
depends on the question asked and
the current state of theory
development. (Kaiser Permanente,
Theory and its associated research
design may be
To identify meaningful and relevant
areas for study.
To propose plausible approaches to
To develop or refine theories
Define the concepts and proposed
relationships between concepts.
To interpret research findings
To develop clinical practice protocols.
To generate nursing diagnosis.