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Expanding the scope of continuity theory. Application to gerontological nursing.

Authors
  • Onega, L L
  • Tripp-Reimer, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1997
Volume
23
Issue
6
Pages
29–35
Identifiers
PMID: 9197622
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Continuity Theory is a psychosocial theory of aging which posits that as middle-aged and elderly adults adapt to changes associated with the normal aging process, their past experiences, decisions, and behaviors will form the foundation for their present and future decisions and behaviors. Regardless of the clinical setting, nurses working with elderly individuals may find Continuity Theory helpful in viewing the experience of elders in a holistic way that incorporates a life course perspective. By applying Continuity Theory to clinical practice, nurses may be better able to provide individualized, clinically appropriate care to elders.

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