Concept Analysis: Patient Advocacy
Grand Canyon University
April 24, 2013
Concept Analysis: Patient AdvocacyIntroduction
The concept of patient advocacy was the focus of the article entitled, “Developing a mid –range theory of patient advocacy through concept analysis” by Xiaoyan Bu and Mary Ann Jezewski published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing 2007. In an attempt to clarify the definition as well as the refine the concept of patient advocacy, the authors synthesized advocacy in nursing literature and sought with this information to establish a theoretical basis for future studies on patient advocacy in nursing ( Bu & Jezewski, 2007). This paper will seek to analyze the concept of patient advocacy utilizing the Walker and Avant method, describe the processes and then apply these processes to a practice situation. The Method of Analysis
Concept analysis is an approach espoused by Walker and Avant (2005) to clarify the meanings of terms and to define terms or concepts so that readers and writers share the same language (McEwen and Wills, 2010). This process entails eight steps to assist the nurse in arriving at the desired goal of refinement and definition. Bu and Jezewski (year) performed a rigorous process using the six steps in the Walker/Avant methodology. The steps are as follows with the resultant derivatives from the authors: 1. Selecting a concept: Patient Advocacy
2. Determining the aim or purpose of analysis: Seek to clarify and refine the concept of patient advocacy 3. Determining all the uses of the concept that can be found: this was accomplished by synthesizing the literature in the electronic versions of CINAHL and MEDLIN; as well as performing a word search of patient advocacy, to include a review of all relevant literature from 1996-2006. 4....