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The value of Peplau's theory for mental health nursing.

Authors
  • Jones, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1996
Volume
5
Issue
14
Pages
877–881
Identifiers
PMID: 8718356
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recent changes in mental health care have necessitated reevaluation of Peplau's nursing theory. There is an expanding body of nursing knowledge and a debate is taking place regarding the difference between models and theories. Peplau's theory considers nursing as an interpersonal process between nurse and patient. The theory lacks empirical investigation and is not yet tested regarding the multidisciplinary team approach, which is largely based on the medical model. For the theory to gain credibility within the dynamics of the multidisciplinary team, it must be tested within a framework of robust research design involving various diagnostic groups and practice settings. Until such time, the theory's utility must seriously be questioned within contemporary mental health practice.

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