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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…show more content…
5. Identifying the antecedents: Macro-social level- the disparaging health of the poor and the limited access to health care, cultural differences, use of technology. Micro-social antecedents include vulnerable populations to include those who can not fully represent themselves to protect their own right or to make informed decisions. 6. Defining the empirical referents. (Bu and Jezewski, 2007)
The authors stated that since they were seeking to t develop a theory of patient advocacy for guidance of nursing research they did not include borderline related, contrary , invented or illegitimate cases. From the above, the authors arrived at three core attributes: 1) safeguarding patients’ autonomy; 2) acting on behalf of patients and 3) championing social justice in the provision of healthcare. It is these core attributes that will be applied to the clinical practice of correctional nursing.
Application to Practice Situation Bu and Jezewski stated that the role of advocate changes with the setting of clinical practice ( 2007). Coupled with the definition of advocate by Merriam-Webster dictionary ( 2010) as being one who act for or in support of or one that pleads the cause of another and the three defining attributes, the role of a correctional nurse is definitely an advocate. The inmate patient population in the Ohio correction department is comprised of all the convicted rapist, murderers, gang